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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,...

Tradable Services: Canada’s Overlooked Success Story
January 9, 2014 - Daniel Schwanen

While manufacturing has been struggling to recoup job losses, Canada’s tradable services sectors have been expanding, providing an increased number of well-paying jobs in Canada in the midst of...

Wyonch and Busby - The Great Minimum Wage Debate: How to Balance Good Intentions and Evidence
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch and Colin Busby To: The Ontario Minister of Labour, Kevin Flynn; and Concerned Ontarians Date: July 11, 2017 Re: The Great Minimum Wage Debate: How to Balance Good Intentions and...
Evidence shows immigrants will get fewer jobs as Ontario ratchets up minimum wage to $15: Financial Post Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Ontario’s proposed 20.6-per-cent increase in the minimum wage from $11.60 in October to $14 on January 2018 is the largest dollar hike in any Canadian province over the past two decades. By Jan. 1,...
Canada Should Strengthen the Safety Net for Precarious Jobs: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
The government of Ontario is currently looking at ways to address precarious work through a sweeping review of labour legislation and enforcement in the province – other provinces are planning to...

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