The average pay increase for non-unionized Canadian employees is projected to be 2.6% in 2019, up slightly from the 2.4% average increase received this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Compensation Planning Outlook 2019.
- The average pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.6 per cent next year.
- Voluntary turnover rates are on the rise and nearly two-thirds of employers report challenges recruiting and retaining employees with specific skills.
Voluntary turnover increased in the past year, averaging 8.1 per cent, compared with 7.1 per cent in 2017. At sixty-four per cent, the number of organizations experiencing challenges recruiting or retaining specific skills is slightly more than the 57 per cent who reported the same last year.
Publicly funded schools across Ontario are now invited to submit expressions of interest to The Three Rs Music Program for musical instrument repair grants of up to $2,500, and requests for refurbished instruments. The Three Rs Music Program Portal provides a one-stop location to facilitate requests and applications. Administered by Music Canada's new national affiliated nonprofit, Music Canada Cares, The Three Rs Music Program aims to provide equitable access to quality music education by increasing the inventory of musical instruments in Ontario's publicly funded schools, increasing public engagement in support of music education, and connecting students' learning experience to various aspects of Canada's dynamic music industry. Requests through the portal can be submitted until November 18, 2018.
According to research from global staffing firm Robert Half, flexible work schedules, a compressed workweek and the ability to telecommute are the most sought-after nonmonetary perquisites. However, while many companies offer flexible work schedules, fewer than one in five offer shorter workweeks or remote work options. There was less of a disconnect when it came to monetary incentives: 44% of employers surveyed said they offer annual or biannual bonuses to employees. Workers surveyed said bonuses were their most desired incentive (77%) when considering job offers. Profit-sharing plans and sign-on bonuses are also highly sought (tied at 49%), though only 33% and 19% of employers, respectively, offer these types of rewards. Benefits can also play a significant role in attracting and retaining talent, and most companies are offering the two most wanted employee benefits: extended health insurance (88%) and paid time off, including vacation, sick days and paid holidays (80%).
Although an overwhelming majority of teens in Canada believe that men and women should be treated equally in all areas based on their competency and not their gender (98% of girls; 95% of boys), a new nationwide survey of girls and boys aged 12-17 commissioned by Girl Guides of Canada (GGC) reveals a very different picture, particularly for girls. The survey, conducted by Ipsos in September 2018 on behalf of GGC, asked key questions about attitudes and behaviours related to gender inequality, sexism and feminism. To read the full report, go to www.girlguides.ca/LetGirlsGuide.
Girls are two times more likely than boys to say they've experienced sexism (43% vs. 21%) and are significantly more likely to say that gender inequality has impacted their lives (35% vs. 20%). Further, their experiences with inequality start early: teens report noticing gender inequality in their lives for the first time at around 11 years of age on average, with more than half of girls (54%) saying they first noticed it between the ages of 10 and 13. Young Canadians recognize that gender inequality is still a reality in 2018; 69% of girls in Canada said they believe there is currently gender inequality in terms of social, political and/or economic rights in Canada. Boys were significantly less likely than girls to agree, but still more than half (60%) said they believe that there is currently inequality between boys/men and girls/women.
Morneau Shepell has released its 2018 Trends in Human Resources Survey. Each year, Morneau Shepell conducts a survey on Canadian employers' priorities for the coming year, expected changes in compensation and the opportunities and challenges that have the potential to affect the Canadian workplace in 2019. This year, Morneau Shepell found that salaries are expected to increase by an average of 2.6% in 2019. The study also found that some of the top priorities for HR leaders include improving employee engagement, improving the mental health of employees and reducing employee turnover. In addition, the company found that the upcoming legalization of cannabis, the #MeToo movement, dealing with increasing health costs and optimizing retirement plans are among the top emerging issues to watch.
As part of its commitment to meet evolving information needs, Statistics Canada has launched a crowdsourcing site to obtain input from Canadians on the new Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics hub. The hub serves as a focal point for data produced by the new Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics, which aims to address gaps in the availability of information by gender, sex and other intersecting identity factors, such as disability, Aboriginal status (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), and other ethno-cultural characteristics. The hub enables users to easily access and analyze a wealth of statistical information, relevant to the evaluation of programs, policies and other initiatives from a gender, diversity and inclusion perspective. The crowdsourcing site includes six short questions, allowing Canadians to let Statistics Canada know what kind of data they would like to see in the new hub. Participation is anonymous and respondent information is protected by the Privacy Act. All Canadians are invited to participate until December 21, 2018.
Library and Archives Canada announced today the launch of the 2019–2020 funding cycle for its Documentary Heritage Communities Program. Since this program was introduced in 2015, some 130 organizations have taken advantage of the financial assistance provided to enhance their capacity to sustainably preserve, share and highlight Canada's documentary heritage. Every dollar invested helps to increase awareness of and access to local and regional histories that should be known and told across the country, not only in the communities where the projects originated. Eligible libraries, archival centres and other memory institutions can now apply for a portion of the $1.5 million that will be allocated in 2019–2020. The Program's eligibility criteria and guidelines are posted on the Library and Archives Canada website. Please review them carefully because some changes have been made that may affect applications. For questions about the Program, call Library and Archives Canada at 819-997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline for the 2019–2020 funding cycle is January 8, 2019, at 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time.
TELUS announced it is giving $120 million, launching the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, an independent charitable organization mandated to address the social and economic challenges facing Canada’s disadvantaged youth. Across Canada, 1.5 million children go hungry without access to nutritious food every single day; 350,000 young people are in government care and, lacking the support of a family, often experience trauma and an isolating transition into adulthood; 30,000 Canadians, many of them young people, are homeless on any given night and lack vital access to healthcare; and 40% of low-income families lack affordable access to the Internet, putting kids at risk of falling behind in school. The Friendly Future Foundation builds on the many achievements of the TELUS Community Boards to date and ensures TELUS’ commitment to giving will be sustained for decades to come
More than 25,000 people, from over 70 countries, took part in the 29th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this weekend, raising an estimated $3.5 million for nearly 200 local charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of Scotiabank's six sponsored running events in Canada this year, with events taking place in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
These one-time strategic grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in Toronto, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and fund new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact. Through Vital Ideas & Leadership, Toronto Foundation will provide grants of up to $50,000 over one year to support:
- The idea – strategic activities to position an initiative for deeper impact.
- Professional development – to support key leadership for the idea.
- Evaluation – to develop an evaluation framework to measure the deepened impact of the initiative.
For more information and to access the application form and guidelines, click here. To register for an orientation session, RSVP through Eventbrite. The deadline to apply is November 29, 2018.
To mark International Day of the Girl and one year since the #MeToo movement went viral, Plan International Canada has released key findings from a new national survey that reveal just how 'normal' sexual harassment, gender discrimination and insecurity continue to be for girls across Canada. Of 1,002 girls ages 14- to 24-years-old surveyed nationwide, three in four (75%) report experiencing gender-based discrimination, while two in three (66%) report having a female friend who has been sexually harassed. Only 16% of Canadian girls report feeling completely safe in public spaces. The survey, Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today, which was conducted online from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 by Nanos Research, shows that despite the prevalence of gender-based discrimination, girls in Canada are resilient, defiant and they remain hopeful. More than two in three (68%) Canadian girls say the #MeToo movement has given them a sense of hopefulness about the future of gender equality.