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Posts by Steven Tobin

A (Small) Glimmer of Hope in Today’s Job Report?

Today’s job report was pretty bleak. We had some early indications (e.g. the number of EI and CERB claims) of how deep the job losses would be and, unfortunately, we have some reason to believe that it will likely get worse before it gets better. But are there signs it will get better? Yes. There…Read More

COVID-19: Our Commitment to Canadians

The decisions Canadians make about jobs, careers, education, training and workforce development just got a lot tougher. We at LMIC are discussing how to best serve our stakeholders with content that is relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime we will reduce our publishing and social media activities and encourage all…Read More

What Does an Annual Report Say About an Organization?

Why Annual Reports? I recently caught up with a good friend who I met years ago at the OECD. We got to talking about the culture of reports in today’s digital age and eventually got around to discussing LMIC’s first Annual Report. Our conversation made me reflect: Why do we have annual reports? I thought about…Read More

Balancing Act: Considering Trade-Offs for Improving LMI

Labour Market Information Needs to Evolve in Parallel to the Challenges at Hand When federal and provincial ministers responsible for labour markets first endorsed the creation of a new Labour Market Information Council (LMIC), one of the core aims was to address the need for more local, granular data. In a country as large as…Read More

Reconciling LMI Needs of Workers and Employers

Shared Objectives For nearly a decade before arriving at LMIC, I worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO is a tripartite UN organization that brings together employers, workers, and governments. This tremendous forum enables different viewpoints of the labour market to come together, if not always in complete agreement. However, as I have argued…Read More

The future of work – at LMIC

We’ve only just begun Back in October of last year, LinkedIn’s pop-up notification of “Say Congrats” on my first work anniversary inspired me to look back at my first 365 days with the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC). This first year was marked with considerable progress, but our work had only just begun. I am proud…Read More

Nothing is more difficult to predict than the future

Yogi Berra was probably as good a philosopher as he was a baseball catcher, which, if you know anything about baseball, says a lot about how revered he was in terms of his “catch” phrases. One that sticks with me is “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Yet, no topic is seemingly more in vogue…Read More

Openness and transparency: Cornerstones of good governance

Two tenets of good governance are leadership and effectiveness. I wrote about these themes in my last two articles, talking about the need for collaboration in evidence-based policy making and a better understanding of the changing world of work. Another vital principle is accountability, and the openness and transparency that entails. Public accountability  The Government of Canada’s Fall Economic…Read More

Evidence-based policy making is a collaborative endeavour

In my last article, I spoke about the importance of evidence-based policy making and the urgent need – given the rapid changing nature of work – for better information and insights to support Canadians, policy makers and stakeholders. To inform good policy development, evidence-based insights are necessary but are they sufficient? Given that policy decisions are…Read More