WATCH | The Skill Advantage: The 21st century challenge for Canada’s unions

Today, the Canada West Foundation released, The Skill Advantage: The 21st century challenge for Canada’s unions. Report author Janet Lane, Director of the Human Capital Centre, discusses the report, its findings and what it means for how unions can create value in Canada. The report shows how Canada can benefit if unions take better advantage

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WATCH | Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence

Today, the Canada West Foundation released, Beyond the Rules: Moving safety from compliance to competence. Report author Janet Lane, Director of the Human Capital Centre, discusses the report, its findings and what it means for workplace safety. The report looks at the case study of Waiward Steel, an Alberta company which, after four serious safety

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How Canada can leap forward on workplace safety

Canada has a workplace safety problem – hundreds of employees die every year on the job, and hundreds of thousands are injured. Throughout the country, occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and regulation tries to make workplaces safer.[1] Every province and territory has legislation that places responsibilities on employers to ensure the health and safety

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Alberta created the most jobs in March, but there’s more to the story

There’s nothing like getting ready for an interview to provide an opportunity to delve into statistics. The employment statistics released on Friday by Statistics Canada may sound good at first, but they raise more questions than they answer. The numbers show that 20,400 new jobs were created in Alberta in March. (Remember that no one

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The exciting future for Canada’s next generation innovators

The SHAD program opened my mind to new ideas about the role of business in society. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to work on a project that involved renewing my connections with SHAD, through an internship this summer at the Canada West Foundation’s Centre for Human Capital Policy. Today, the Canada West Foundation

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Alberta is taking its first step towards a $15/hour minimum wage by 2018. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2015 minimum wage earners will see an increase in their paycheques, as the hourly rate increases from $10.20 to $11.20.

How Alberta’s minimum wage hike stacks up in the West

Alberta is taking its first step towards a $15 minimum wage by 2018. On Oct. 1, minimum wage earners will see an increase in their paycheques, as the hourly rate increases from $10.20 to $11.20. The liquor server rate will rise from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour, and will be eliminated next year. Once the

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