Proposed changes to Canada Job Grant not enough

Even with the changes recently proposed by provincial governments, the introduction of the Canada Job Grant will still be a step backwards.

Under the original proposal for the Canada Job Grant, funding would be obtained by cutting $300 million from federal funding for provincial and territorial training programs. A 2013 evaluation found these programs have resulted in over 80 percent of trainees finding work.

Consensus on falling dollar raises question about why it took so long to fall

Economist Jim Stanford questions why it took so long for the over valuing of the Canadian dollar to end, given the consensus that the drop in its value is a good thing.

Norway's success shows the wealth Alberta could have

This month, Norway's oil revenue fund reached the point where every Norwegian is now a millionaire in Norwegian kroner. As an article in the Tyee shows, this is very different from what has happened with Alberta's oil revenue.

Federal inaction on green economy has consequences

A recent article from Blue Green Canada warned that the failure of the federal government to encourage a transition to a green economy will have consequences. One estimate suggested that low carbon goods and services could mean 400,000 jobs.

Creating middle class jobs requires improving existing ones

A recent blog post from the Broadbent Institute argues that part of creating middle class jobs must be improving the quality of precarious low income jobs.

A comparison of occupations and wages revealed that less than half of the core work force – those between 25 and 54 – is employed in occupations that could be considered middle class.