Keeping Foreigners Out? The 1-Year Canadian Requirement for Engineers in Ontario

Jasmine CY Lam A professional engineering (P.Eng) licence in Ontario can be both a blessing and a headache for newcomers to Canada. For newcomers, having a P.Eng on a resume says to potential employers: “I’ve been Canadianized! You can hire me!” But obtaining a P.Eng requires more than getting your academic credentials and professional experience…

Who is Responsible for Preventing Workplace Discrimination in Canada?

Rebecca Dyck Canadians are fortunate to have laws in place that protect them from discrimination in the workplace. However, even with these laws, discrimination exists in many workplaces across the country. In 2015, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) – an organization mandated to promote and protect human rights in Canada – received 1,207 complaints of…

Why Canadians Need More Vacation

Shannon Brooks  On the day after Halloween, the city of Paris buzzed with the air of school holidays and a national holiday (All Saints’ Day) for workers. There’s a clear divide between North American countries and European countries like France in terms of the emphasis they place on leisure, and their investment in social well-being….

New Government, New Review: The Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Alyssa Wali The temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) has been a fixture in Canadian immigration policy since 1973. The program was created to fill vacant employment positions throughout Canada, although it initially was limited to allowing only foreign agricultural workers and live-in caregivers entry to Canada. However, the program has been expanded to allow low-skilled…

The Centre Cannot Hold: What the Oil Crash Means for Wage Disparity, Part II

Mike Robichaux This month, Alberta hit a milestone. For the first time since oilsands production began its feverish twenty-first century expansion, unemployment in the province topped 7.4 per cent. Compared to the 7.0 per cent national average, this may not seem like such a catastrophe, but embedded in that figure is a bleak new economic reality:…