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Employment rebounded in Canada in February 2021

Economists had predicted that Canada would gain 75,000 jobs in February 2021, but instead it gained 259,000, according to the government’s statistics agency. Many of those were low-paying jobs. Statistics Canada reports the unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 per cent »

Economy

Toronto lost $8.35 billion in economic activity due to COVID-19 pandemic

Toronto lost $8.35 billion in economic activity from tourist spending due to the travel restrictions and lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis Destination Toronto released on Thursday. The analysis found that the industries most affected by »

Economy, Society

British Columbia grant program offers businesses funds to grow online store

The British Columbia government has launched a new grant program to help small and medium sized businesses market their products online. A press release from the government says it is investing $12 million to help businesses launch or update their »

Society

Coast Guard offers student summer jobs patrolling

For students who like adventure, a cool summer job to consider would be search and rescue work on Canada’s waters.  Every summer, the Canadian Coast Guard hires post-secondary students to staff Inshore Rescue Boat stations across the country. There are »

Economy, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Recent immigrants more likely to lose jobs during pandemic lockdown: report

Recent immigrants were more likely than Canadian-born workers and longer-term immigrants to lose their jobs during the pandemic-related lockdowns that shuttered much of Canada’s economy in March and April, according to a study published by the national statistics agency. The »

Society

VIA Rail temporarily lays off about 1,000 workers amid pandemic 

Canada’s national passenger railway service VIA Rail is temporarily laying off about 1,000 union workers due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the travel industry, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The layoffs will take effect on »

Economy, Society

The future of post-virus work: ‘tele-commuting’ and job survey

Working from home, or tele-commuting was relatively rare before the pandemic spread. Since then, offices and other types of businesses have been shuttered forcing vast numbers to continue working from home, something largely possible for the first time in history »

Highlights, Society

Survey: Young Canadians feeling impact from COVID-19 lockdown

Young Canadians are feeling most impacted compared to older Canadians due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, according to a study commissioned by World Vision Canada, published on Wednesday. The study found that younger Canadians aged 18 to 29 said that »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

COVID-19: Rush for emergency financial aid may be too late for some newspapers

As part of the effort to help cushion the financial effects of the various COVID-19 shutdowns, the federal government initiated a number of emergency funding programmes. One is the  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy which offers up to 78 per cent »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Canadians feel economic pain from COVID-19 will get worse

A new survey by the non-profit Angus Reid Institute shows Canadians are increasingly concerned about the economic health along with concerns about physical health connected to COVID-19 The survey showed over a quarter of respondents (27%) said they were barely »