Life’s tougher for work­ing Cana­di­ans

Edmonton Sun - - CAREERS - LINDA WHITE

al­most half of work­ers are liv­ing pay­cheque to pay­cheque, says a sur­vey by the Canadian pay­roll as­so­ci­a­tion (Cpa). It found 47% of work­ing Cana­di­ans would find it dif­fi­cult to meet fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions if their pay­cheque was de­layed by a sin­gle week. about 41% of em­ploy­ees spend all of or more than their net pay, largely be­cause of higher liv­ing costs, and 42% save 5% or less of their earn­ings — well be­low the 10% sav­ings level gen­er­ally rec­om­mended by fi­nan­cial plan­ning ex­perts. “these re­sults un­der­score the need for spend­ing less and sav­ing more ev­ery day for emer­gen­cies and for re­tire­ment,” says Jan­ice macLel­lan, Cpa’s vice-pres­i­dent of oper­a­tions.

Great places to work

Look­ing for a great place to work? the Great place to Work In­sti­tute Canada’s 2017 list of the 20 best Work­places in Canada for mil­len­ni­als might be a good place to start. the best Work­places are 360in­sights, Ap­pCen­trica, ATB Fi­nan­cial, Au­todesk, Ax­onify, Be­yond Tech­nolo­gies, FreshBooks, G Ad­ven­tures, Geotab, In­tuit, Key As­sets Canada, Maxus Canada, Mercedes-Benz Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices, Mi­crodea, Publi­cis. Sapi­ent, SAP, Trac­tion, Vega, Wave Ac­count­ing and Yum! Brands, Inc. among other things, at least 30% of an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s em­ploy­ees must be born af­ter 1980 to be el­i­gi­ble for the list.

New stu­dent work place­ments

the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will help cre­ate 60,000 stu­dent work place­ments over the next five years, giv­ing post-sec­ondary stu­dents the chance to learn in a hands-on work en­vi­ron­ment. It will in­vest $73 mil­lion in the Stu­dent Work-In­te­grated Learn­ing pro­gram to cre­ate 10,000 paid place­ments over the next four years. bud­get 2017 also an­nounced $221 mil­lion in fund­ing over five years for mi­tacs, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides re­search in­tern­ships, with a goal of cre­at­ing 10,000 work place­ments per year.

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