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Equal Pay Day: Exploring wage disparities in Canada

Listen to this article as an audio recording Around the world, various countries observe Equal Pay Day to mark the point in the calendar when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s. In 2023, the average wage for women in Canada was 78% of the average wage for men. This means that, on average, women would…Read More
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Women’s economic empowerment and the Canadian labour market

Listen to this article as an audio recording “Economic empowerment increases women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property and other productive assets, skills development and market information.” – OECD It’s International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme, #InspireInclusion, asks us to consider what full economic inclusion could mean for women…Read More
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Where to find data on student and apprentice labour market outcomes

Listen to this blog as an audio recording Statistics Canada’s Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP) provides valuable insights into the labour market outcomes of post-secondary graduates and apprentices. With data from the ELMLP, researchers and analysts can explore questions related to labor market transitions, mobility, pathways and earnings, based on characteristics like age,…Read More

Food service labour shortages in Canada: exploring average hours worked as an indicator

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the accommodation and food services sector harder than any other. Now, even as the broader economy recovers, the food services sector is facing unique challenges bringing people back to work. There have been many recent media stories suggesting food service labour shortages across Canada. Translating this anecdotal evidence into clear…Read More

Employment Recovery Lags for Low Earners

In August 2020, employment increased by another 246,000 jobs (+1.4%) to bring total employment in the month to nearly 97% of its February level.  As noted by Statistics Canada’s data release, low-earning workers suffered larger initial job losses and are now facing a weaker recovery. Much of this is because low-earning workers are concentrated in…Read More

Key Measures of Economic Recovery: Employment and Hours Worked

In monitoring the economic recovery as pandemic restrictions lift, it is important to look at several labour market indicators. Average hours worked is one of those key indicators. Between February and April 2020, both employment and average hours worked fell by 15%. In June, the average hours worked rose by 7% (up 2 hours per…Read More
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