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Cabinet minister urges employers to hire Canadian workers; P.E.I. eyes public sector pension reform
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/03/2013

Cabinet minister urges employers to hire Canadian workers

CALGARY — Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney is urging employers to find Canadian workers to fill job vacancies. It’s important to address growing skills shortages — but employers should make every effort to find skilled workers who are Canadian, he said. “Canadians, including newcomers, must always be first in line for available jobs. Searching for the best candidate should begin at home,” said Kenney.

P.E.I. eyes public sector pension reform

CHARLOTTETOWN — The Prince Edward Island government will introduce a number of reforms to its public sector pension plans, including scrapping guaranteed cost-of-living increases. Premier Robert Ghiz said the overhaul will make the plans more sustainable and affordable. Changes also include calculating current employee pensions using an average of their indexed annual earnings.

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