The labour force survey data shows opportunity for recovery’s first wobbly steps, says Canadian Chamber of Commerce

(OTTAWA) – July 10, 2020 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth, Leah Nord, issued the following statement about today’s Labour Force Survey figures:

“Today’s Labour Force Survey data shows that another 1 million Canadians have made their way back to work as provinces and territories continue to re-open their economies, albeit at different stages.

We see some green shoots in today’s numbers, at least in COVID-19 terms, with the unemployment rate improving to 12.3 per cent.

However, we still have a long way to go before we return to a fully engaged workforce. Employment in accommodation, food services and retail remains well below pre-COVID levels because jobs in these industries require close physical proximity with others.

Any recovery will be underpinned by how effectively we get Canadians back to work. In order to put wind into the recovery’s sails, we need to develop an efficient path away from emergency subsidies and towards a growth-driven recovery.

In a period of high uncertainty, Canada has the ability to control a quicker path to re-employment by shifting the focus away from CERB towards and expanding the eligibility for CEWS. Doing so has the potential to deliver the first wobbly steps of Canada’s economic recovery. As this happens, Canada needs a broader discussion about how to reform Employment Insurance so that we can respond to current and future workforce needs, ensuring Canadians remain connected to the labour force and including strong upskilling and reskilling training components.

We have a long road ahead of us. First steps can often set the tone. Let’s get this re-opening right.”

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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