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Comparing Outcomes: The Relative Job-Market Performance of Former International Students
August 30, 2018 - Mikal Skuterud and Zong Jia Chen

As Canada moves to increase its reliance on international students, monitoring foreign students’ labour-market performance has critical implications for education and immigration policy, according...

Precarious Positions: Policy Options to Mitigate Risks in Non-standard Employment
December 2, 2016 - Colin Busby and Ramya Muthukumaran

Canada should strengthen the safety net under workers in precarious jobs, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Precarious Positions: Policy Options to Mitigate Risks in Non-...

Mounting Evidence: Findings from Natural Experiments in Inflation Targeting
March 31, 2016 - Michael Parkin

International evidence shows the wide economic benefits of inflation targeting, says a ground-breaking C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Mounting Evidence: Findings from Natural Experiments in...

What Now? Addressing the Burden of Canada's Slow-Growth Recovery
July 29, 2014 - Christopher Ragan

The Canadian economy continues to face serious macroeconomic challenges, the most important of which is addressing the burden of a slow-growth recovery, according to a report from the C.D. Howe...

User Discretion Advised: Fiscal Consolidation and the Recovery
July 22, 2014 - William M. Scarth

Ontario should not delay fiscal consolidation, while Ottawa should take a more gradual approach than planned, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “User Discretion Advised:...

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada: Are They Really Filling Labour Shortages?
April 24, 2014 - Dominique M. Gross

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program between 2002 and 2012, which made it easier to hire foreign workers, accelerated the rise in unemployment in Alberta and British Columbia,...

Addressing labour disparities can only benefit Canadian workers - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Many Canadian employers are facing a tightening labour market due to labour shortages. Imbalances between labour supply and demand exist across population groups and regions. Addressing these...
How did businesses in Ontario handle the January minimum-wage increase? - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
The largest one-time increase in the minimum-wage rate that any province experienced over the past two decades happened in Ontario at the beginning of the year. The early results are in: As...
Canada’s aging population means different things for different provinces - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
The aging of the population has accelerated in Canada during the past decade, but not all provinces evenly bear the brunt of an aging labour force and growing share of seniors. The four Atlantic...

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