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More workers needed for oil sands: Report; Most workers inactive during workday: Survey; Yukon launches $75,000 business training fund; Aging population will boost wages: BoC; SMEs underusing skilled immigrants: Report
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/24/2012

More workers needed for oil sands: Report

CALGARY — Alberta’s oil sands sector is projected to grow its workforce by 73 per cent by 2021, according to a report released by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada. Some oil sands operations and occupations are expected to add more than 100 per cent of their current workforce by 2021. Demand for more workers is being driven by growth, retirements and turnover.

Most workers inactive during workday: Survey

TORONTO — Only one-fifth (17 per cent) of working Canadians make time for a physical activity break during the workday, according to a survey by ParticipACTION. The main reason employees are not taking a break is because they don’t have time — but 34 per cent said they would like to do so, found the survey of 2,001 people. Employees can add 10 minutes of physical activity at work by buying coffee a few extra blocks away, having a walking meeting with colleagues or parking farther away.

Yukon launches $75,000 business training fund

WHITEHORSE Yukon has launched a fund to help businesses access training opportunities. The Business Training Fund is designed to help increase the capacity of existing and prospective employees to work more effectively and efficiently, helping businesses increase productivity and take advantage of future opportunities, said the government. The government has committed $75,000 per year to the fund.

Aging population will boost wages: BoC

TORONTO — The aging of Canada’s population will put upward pressure on wages as the pool of available workers shrinks, said Jean Boivin, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada. Aging will also affect the potential of the economy, meaning the level of activity at which it can operate without inflationary pressures, he said.

SMEs underusing skilled immigrants: Report

TORONTO — Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to be more involved in the immigration conversation, according to an ALLIES report. Recommendations include: programs and services marketed and delivered through individuals and organizations SMEs trust; government providing more services to SMEs that facilitate workplace integration; and launching a public awareness campaign to promote the benefits of skilled immigrants.

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