our most popular work insights of 2018

Last year, Canada went through some big changes. From provincial elections in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick that led to new Premiers, to Canada capturing worldwide attention and big investments in IT, to much discussion about Canada’s immigration policies, there was a lot of news that impacted Canada’s economy and Canadian jobs. Here are our top 5 headlines of 2018!

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1. ontario’s labour laws: what’s changing in 2018

Our top article of 2018 was related to Bill 148, which included many workplace changes, including a minimum wage increase. The bill was passed by Ontario’s previous Liberal government. Under the new Conservative government, many of the changes have been reversed and will take effect in 2019. Check out our latest update on what rules are here to stay in 2019, and which will be abolished.

2. why canada is a great place to live and work

Immigration was one of the big themes in 2018. Under Donald Trump, the USA’s immigration policies have become a lot less welcoming to immigrants. From promises to build a US-Mexico wall, to detaining people seeking asylum at the border, to pushing anti-immigrant rhetoric, the USA has lost its shine in the eyes of immigrants. That’s put Canada in the spotlight as a viable alternative for those looking to live out the ‘American dream’ in a country that’s less hostile to immigrants.

3. canada’s tech industry is growing in 2018

Canada’s growing tech industry has certainly generated a lot of headlines over the past year. In 2018, Toronto surpassed The Bay Area (a.k.a Silicon Valley) as the city with the fastest growing tech scene. Though Toronto didn’t nab Amazon’s much-discussed HQ2 (that might be a good thing, depending on who you ask) it’s certainly drawn the interest of other tech giants including Microsoft, Facebook, Uber, and Google, to name a few. Montreal and Calgary also have rapidly expanding IT sectors and are known for AI and clean-tech. Canada’s tech sector shows no signs of slowing in 2019,either.

4. top HR challenges in 2018

Our annual article on the top HR trends of the year is always a popular one. This year some of the biggest human resource trends we identified included the digitization of HR, adapting to a multi-generational workforce, and increased focus on company culture and employee wellness. Did you find that these were areas of focus for you in 2018? What do you think will be the big trends next year? We’d love to hear your thoughts on social media.

5. how does immigration impact canadian jobs?

Yet another article on immigration cracked our top 5 articles this year, showing just how much of a hot topic immigration was over the past year. After all the immigration talk, we decided to take a closer look at how immigration actually impacts Canadians and Canadian jobs. Spoiler: immigration is mostly a good thing for Canada. Check out the article to see why.


As new events unfold and trends emerge, we'll be here to keep you up-to-date on the leading employment, HR and workplace trends. Stay tuned in 2019!

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