Canadian employers are legally obligated to protect workers’ physical and psychological safety. The IncludeMe app was designed to make it fast and simple to get managers up to speed on awareness and on how to engage and accommodate employees experiencing mental health challenges. The training has been reviewed by the MHCC and CMHA and is fully funded by the Government of Canada. This is your organization's opportunity, in one shot, to deploy free, baseline training in workplace mental health to all managers or members. It helps mitigate risk and demonstrates due diligence andemployee care by getting everyone on board.
IncludeMe is under an effectiveness study by Queen’s University to understand whether this is an effective way to learn about workplace mental health. Your feedback is valuable. By selecting the Advanced Survey path you will be asked to provide your consent to participate in this study. This will involve a set of 15 questions before you take the training and then they are repeated at the end of the training. They take about 3 minutes to respond to. Your personal information (such as name and phone number) is not shared with Queen’s or others at any time. The login information is there to protect your personal information from others which is why it requires you email and cell phone authentication. Thank you for helping to further the field of workplace mental health. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or questions.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government has established an independent Expert Panel to study the more complex workplace issues facing Canadian employers and workers. The process to select panelists was lengthy, thorough and extensive. The Labour Program considered upwards of 100 potential candidates over the course of about five months.
The Panel will study, consult and bring forward recommendations to Minister Hajdu on: federal minimum wage; labour standards protections for non-standard workers; the “right to disconnect” outside of work hours; collective voice for non-unionized workers; and, access and portability of benefits. Chaired by Sunil Johal, Policy Director at The Mowat Centre, the Panel will operate at arm’s length from the Government to ensure it provides independent, evidence-based advice. Collectively, the seven members of the Panel bring valuable expertise in areas such as labour policy, law, economics and business, and possess a well-rounded understanding of employer and worker perspectives. The other Panel members are Richard Dixon, Mary Gellatly, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Kathryn A. Raymond, W. Craig Riddell and Rosa B. Walker. The results of their work will be made public in Summer 2019.
YouthfulCities has launched its inaugural Urban Work Index, the first of its kind to look specifically at urban work in Canada. The Index, which was funded by RBC Future Launch, ranks 21 Canadian cities based on 48 urban work indicators, and found Edmonton to be the top-ranked city in the country. Edmonton scored 713.86 points out of a possible 1,310 available points. With 87% of Canadian youth aged 15-29 living in cities, the YouthfulCities Urban Work Index creates a way for youth to explore the best cities for them to work. It uses an expansive, youth-driven definition for work that includes four thematic areas: Education (affordability, access, work-integrated learning experiences), Entrepreneurship (spirit, spaces, programming) Affordability (housing, utilities, transportation, food/clothing, leisure, health) and Employment (basic, career-oriented, city economic profile, programs).
Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,500 participants who represented more than 12,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:
- Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
- Performance incentive plans
- Benefit packages
For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.
Workplace stress is on the rise and employees are feeling the pressure, according to new research announced today by Morneau Shepell. In a survey of employees and employers across Canada, the company found that more than one third of employees report that they are more stressed now from work (35%) and personal issues (36%) than they were five years ago. In the workplace, one quarter (27%) of employees rated their stress from work during the last six months as high to extreme, compared to 34% among people managers.
According to the research, one of the main contributors to stress today is an increased feeling of workplace isolation – the state of feeling alone and without friends, support or help. Employees (64%) and managers (73%) reporting a high level of workplace isolation are more likely to say they also have a high level of workplace stress. This is concerning as approximately one in six employees reported a high to extreme feeling of isolation at work (15%) during the previous six months, with one in four employees (23%) and managers (24%) reporting increased feelings of isolation at work when compared to five years ago.
Despite the increase in workplace stress, the research found a decline in the sense of stigma associated with mental health issues, demonstrating an improvement in normalizing conversation around the issue. While two thirds (67%) of employees report that they would be concerned their career options would be limited if their workplace was aware of their mental health issue, the number has declined when compared to 2014, when more than three quarters (77%) concurred with this view. Self-stigma – feeling negatively about oneself for having a mental health issue – also declined over the last five years, from two thirds (65%) in 2014 to 56% today. This trend shifts when factoring in workplace stress. The research found that employees who report suffering from high (79%) and medium (68%) levels of workplace stress were more likely to agree that they are worried about the impact on their careers if their workplace knew about any mental wellness issues.
A new study shows half of Canadians say they check their office emails while travelling on vacation. Of those, 24% say they do so at least once, if not several times, each day. The results were gathered in a survey of Canadian travellers by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, which asked Canadians about their travel habits. The Ipsos survey also revealed that men are the most likely to check their work emails, with 54% responding affirmatively versus 44% of women. However, the greatest differences were associated with age. Some 72% of Millennials say they check their work emails while on vacation, compared with 42% of GenXers and 32% of Baby Boomers.
Through Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA), the Government of Canada aims to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC will play an important role as they advise and assist the Minister on all matters relating to the selection of CVA recipients. The National Advisory Committee will be made up of 15 members that have shown passion and commitment in the field of volunteerism. Members include individuals with experience working or volunteering in the not-for-profit, voluntary and business communities. The Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee proudly represents Canada’s cultural, linguistic and regional diversity. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.
The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2002, with almost 250 educators honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life. To be eligible, nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, educators who have successfully completed training in early childhood education and care, and have provided direct education and care to young children at least 15 hours per week in a licensed childcare centre for the past three years. Recipients of the award receive the following:
- Cash awards worth up to $5,000
- A certificate from the Prime Minister
- Promotion of their best practices in early education and care
- National recognition for their contribution to excellence in education in Canada
The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2019, and the entire information package, including details on how to make a nomination, can be found here.
On August 21, 2018, the Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy with the vision of Canada as a world leader in poverty eradication. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is launching a call for applications for membership of an Advisory Council, which would be composed of a Chairperson, a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues, as well as members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues. It would also include people living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty. The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, regions, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and official languages. The Advisory Council will operate for at least 2 years. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period.
The Government of Canada has announced the launch of the employer application period for the 2019 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and private employers with up to 50 employees can now apply for funding to hire a young Canadian this summer. The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program creates good quality summer job opportunities and valuable work experience for youth aged 15 to 30. Summer jobs are a great way for young Canadians to gain skills and valuable experience to help build their resumes, all while earning a fair wage. They also help organizations fill labour gaps during the busy summer months. Changes have been made to CSJ 2019 that will make it easier than ever for employers to provide good quality summer jobs, and for young people to access them:
- Fewer barriers to good quality jobs: expanded eligibility to include all youth between the ages of 15-30 who are legally entitled to work in Canada – not just students.
- Updated eligibility criteria: to reflect feedback received from employers and organizations, the eligibility criteria have been changed to set out what is and isn’t eligible for funding.
Small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, not-for-profit employers and public sector organizations that can provide good quality summer jobs for youth are invited to apply for funding from the Government of Canada. Employers are strongly encouraged to open an account on the secure Government Grants and Contributions Online Service portal, a one-time process that will allow them to apply for this and other funding opportunities across Employment and Social Development Canada.
The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program is seeking employer partners to work with their program to connect recent post-secondary graduates to jobs in their field of study. The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship program is able to provide up to 16 week subsidies for work placements that start between now and January 21st, 2019.
The YMCA Post Secondary Youth Internship Program provides post secondary graduate youth with job-seeking support, with the goal of securing participant's career-related work experience in various high-demand sectors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Skilled trades, Tourism, Agriculture, Finance, Marketing, Community Development, Housing, Food Services, Retail. The program is designed to help young, motivated professionals build skills, develop confidence and integrate into the Canadian labour market. The program is beneficial for employers who are currently hiring and the program provides:
- A wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides $8.00 per hour of participant’s wages based on a minimum hourly rate of pay of $16 hour.
- Access to a ready-to-work, pre-screened talent pool;
- The dynamism, energy, dedication, and commitment that a post-secondary graduate brings to work!
If you are interested in participating as an employer partner in the Post Secondary Youth Internship Program or have any further questions please feel free to contact Luc Desrochers at Cellular: (778) 386-0853, Email: email@example.com or Jonah Erickson at (604) 328-9622, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.