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LMIC Partners with Vicinity Jobs and Magnet to Develop More Detailed Occupational Categories

Three years ago, the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) partnered with Vicinity Jobs, a Canadian data analytics firm that tracks job market trends using online job postings, to address a pressing question: “What skills do Canadians need to succeed in the workplace?” To answer this question with practical information for Canadians, we wanted to gain…Read More

Local, Granular data for Beginners

On my first day at LMIC, I was warmly welcomed by the Research and Analytics team. My new colleagues were excited to tell me about their ongoing data collection and analytics projects – but they did so using strange terms like POR, FOW, ELMLP, and LG. Although I was a little overwhelmed by the number of acronyms, one…Read More

LMI and Microdata Linkages

This year’s Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) conference was held in Hamilton from 17–19 October. Its title — “Building an Inclusive, Prosperous and Healthy Canada: What Can We Learn from the Data?” — was irresistible from a labour market information (LMI) perspective. Most presentations focused on health issues, but several labour market–related topics included the aging population, unemployment,…Read More

Hidden biases and mindful data

From Ottawa to Montreal At LMIC, we see collaboration and information sharing as key ingredients to the success of what we do. This includes, among other things, understanding how better access to quality labour market information (LMI) can improve outcomes for underrepresented populations. Thus, when I learned that the Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) conference focused…Read More

LMI and You

When time came for me to apply for university, I had to make a choice of where and what I would study. I was interested in a lot of subjects but was unsure what would be worth 4 years of my life. Ultimately, I met one of my parents’ friend who was studying finance and…Read More

Mind the Gap: Taking Stock of Canada’s LMI System

One of my first tasks when I joined LMIC last March was to take stock of the considerable efforts undertaken in the past decade to identify labour market information (LMI) gaps in Canada. In doing this assessment — which is expanded upon in our first LMI Insight — it was important to keep a few things in…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