Productivity

Fact Sheet - Economic Impact of Small Business (2011)

This fact sheet examines the impact of small businesses on the economy.

The authors note that Canadian small businesses employ almost half of the country’s workforce, proving that the success of small businesses has a profound effect on the economy.

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2012-10-22

Canada's Skills Crisis: What We Heard (2012)

A Canadian Chamber of Commerce report on cross-country consultations in 2012

This document outlines the findings of country-wide consultations carried out by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2012 to explore the issue of skill and labour shortages.

Three key issues emerged from the consultations: the need to upgrade the skills of existing Canadian workers; the necessity of improved connections between educators and employers; and the need to find the right approach to immigration.

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2012-10-19

Job-related training of older workers (2012)

Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 24, No. 2 - April 20, 2012

This study found that older workers are still significantly less likely to participate in job-related training than their counterparts in the 25-54 age range, even after taking labour market and socio-demographic factors into account.

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2012-09-19

Newcomers in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Are SMEs Ready to Hire Internationally Trained Workers? (2012)

TASC Research Report

This document, prepared by The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC), looks at the convergence of two trends: first, increasing competition and employer need for skilled workers and, second, the growing importance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as major employers.

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2012-09-17

Working Together to Build a Better Labour Market Information System for Canada (2009)

Final Report

In July 2008, the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) created an advisory panel on labour market information (LMI) to help determine where improvements could be made to the existing LMI system in Canada.

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2012-08-30

Jobs of the Future: Options and Opportunities (2012)

In this document, the author begins by pointing out that the aging of the baby boom generation means there will be a significant decline in the proportion of Canada’s population in the prime working years of 15 to 64. At the same time, the emergence of the knowledge economy demands that the proportion of the labour force with postsecondary education or training must increase dramatically to prevent an economic crisis.

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2012-08-24

Literacy at Work: Information for Employers about Reading, Writing, and Math Skills (2011)

This document has been designed to help employers understand the importance of ensuring that employees have adequate skills in reading, writing and math.

The author points out that helping a current employee upgrade may be less expensive in the long run than training a new employee.

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2012-08-13

Problem-solving Skills and Labour Market Outcomes – Results from the Latest Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) (2012)

Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, Vol. 9, No. 1, May 2012

This article summarizes the key findings about problem-solving contained in a report based on the results of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL), conducted between 2002 and 2008.

Eleven countries, including Canada, participated in that survey, which focused on four foundation skills thought to be essential for social, professional and economic success: prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving.

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2012-07-04

An Analysis of Adult Aboriginal Literacy Levels in the Northwest Territories – Skills supply and demand - Part 4 [Video - 13:35] (2011)

This video is the final segment of a presentation by T. Scott Murray that explores the results of an analysis, completed in 2010, of adult Aboriginal literacy levels in the Northwest Territories, and looks at how those levels affect individuals, communities, and the nation. Murray is the president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the video presentation.

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2012-06-21

An Analysis of Adult Aboriginal Literacy Levels in Canada – How we think about skills and how skills relate to policy – Part 2 [Video – 14:08 (2011)

This is the second of four sections of a video presentation by T. Scott Murray, president of DataAngel Policy Research, which collaborated with Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, to produce the series.

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2012-06-06

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