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Times Change: An employment service that gives women a second chance at careers

International Women's Week is celebrating its 100th anniversary, but the gender gap persists . The president of Times Change in Toronto describes how her women's employment service is bridging the divide.

This year's International Women's Day (IWD) theme of equal access to education, training and technology is particularly meaningful for Arshia Raafat, President of the Board of Directors of Times Change Employment Service. The theme emphasizes the tenets of her Toronto-based, not-for-profit agency.


New jobs at EI centres not about helping the public service but saving face, says union

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People waiting for employment insurance (EI) benefits may get their questions answered sooner than before, as the federal government has promised to add around 400 new public servants in order to deal with a high number of complaints.

On Tuesday, Minister of Employment Jason Kenney confirmed to The Globe and Mail plans to bolster Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) with more staff as nearly 10,000 Canadians complained about poor service, unanswered phone calls and long waiting times for EI inquiries.


November 10, 2014 |
There is is no consistent connection between higher minimum wages and employment levels in Canada. (So let's raise 'em!)
October 27, 2014 |
How better to engage youth than by putting them to work with a National Climate Change Youth Employment Program?
October 23, 2014 |
There is no consistent connection between higher minimum wages and employment levels in Canada, says a study by CCPA.
| October 10, 2014

Reports paint grim picture of youth unemployment in Canada

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"Its a pretty scary time for young workers right now." According to new reports, that thought could be an understatement.

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Vital Signs Reports paint a stark picture of youth unemployment across Canada

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Stability is not in the cards for Canadian workers, with young workers particularly affected, according to this year's Vital Signs Reports from the Community Foundations of Canada.

The first Vital Signs was produced by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001. It assembled local research and national data to paint a broad strokes picture of community health. Since its inception the Vitals project has expanded to include a total of 49 Canadian communities big and small, who have produced reports or are acting on findings from previous reports.


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Good Jobs Summit: The Good Jobs Debate!

October 7, 2014
| Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting some of the many discussions which took place at the Good Jobs Summit. We begin with the Good Jobs Debate on Friday, October 3, 2014.
Length: 1:08:49 minutes (126.02 MB)

Prince Edward Islanders ask cruise passengers to help fight EI cuts

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CHARLOTTETOWN  – The PEI Coalition for Fair EI is asking tourists to support Island workers in their fight to defend Canada's Employment Insurance Program.

Since 2011, Conservative Government changes have reduced Island workers' access to Canada's Employment Insurance program.

Most notably, the January 2013 overhaul of the program penalizes repeat claimants and requires workers to look for and accept lower paying work further from home. Many feel these changes are putting pressure on Prince Edward Islanders to leave the Island in search of work.

Today, members of the Coalition will greet passengers of the Princess Ruby -- a cruise ship carrying 3000 travellers -- as they re-board the ship after spending a day touring the Island.


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