Canada’s work­force chang­ing


From the rise of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and in­creas­ing au­to­ma­tion to shift­ing de­mo­graph­ics as boomers be­gin to re­tire, Canada’s work­force is fac­ing un­prece­dented change, ac­cord­ing to the Novem­ber LinkedIn Work­force Re­port for the Greater Toronto Area. Here are some re­port highlights: Hir­ing was 27.3% cent higher in Oct. 2017 than in Oct. 2016. Sea­son­ally-ad­justed hir­ing is up 7.7% from last quar­ter. De­spite spec­u­la­tion on a re­v­erse brain drain, U.S. pol­i­tics haven’t driven work­ers from the U.S. into Canada. Over the past year, Toronto has gained the most work­ers from Mon­treal, Mum­bai and the United Arab Emi­rates and lost the most work­ers to San Fran­cisco Bay Area, New York City and B.C. Toronto’s skills gap is pri­mar­ily driven by a scarcity of work­ers with health-care man­age­ment skills. Toronto has too many work­ers with fi­nan­cial skills, in­clud­ing bank­ing, fi­nan­cial planning and risk man­age­ment.

Top 100 em­ploy­ers un­veiled

Or­ga­ni­za­tions that are us­ing ‘thought­ful in­no­va­tion’ to drive their busi­nesses for­ward were rec­og­nized as this year’s win­ners of the Canada’s Top 100 Em­ploy­ers com­pe­ti­tion. “The best em­ploy­ers rec­og­nize that they need to in­no­vate thought­fully to keep mov­ing for­ward,” says Richard Yerema, man­ag­ing edi­tor of the Canada’s Top 100 Em­ploy­ers project. “But the chal­lenge is to evolve with changes in tech­nol­ogy and em­ployee ex­pec­ta­tions while main­tain­ing the goal of cre­at­ing bet­ter work­places that align the needs of their busi­ness with those of their em­ploy­ees.” Now en­ter­ing its 19th year, the com­pe­ti­tion is an edi­to­rial project that rec­og­nizes em­ploy­ers with ex­cep­tional hu­man re­sources pro­grams and for­ward-think­ing work­place poli­cies. Visit to view the list.

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