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September 2004
Vol. 5, no. 9

Perspectives on Labour and Income

News from The Daily


Employer-sponsored pension plans
More and more women in the paid workforce are being covered by registered pension plans (RPPs) in both the public and private sectors. In fact, women accounted for the net increase in the membership of these plans during 2002.

Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds)
Trusteed pension funds closed out the first quarter of 2004 with assets much higher than just 12 months earlier when they had hit a four-year low.

Economic contribution of non-profit institutions and volunteering
The value of volunteer work amounts to roughly one-quarter of the total value of labour services provided to the non-profit sector.

Non-profit and voluntary organizations
In 2003, voluntary organizations reported a combined volunteer complement of more than 19 million who contributed more than 2 billion hours of volunteer time, or the equivalent of more than 1 million full-time jobs.

Immigrants in demand: Staying or leaving?
The high demand for workers in information technology, physicians and health care managers, and trades occupations through the 1990s suggests that new immigrants intending to work in these occupations should have fared well in Canada. It appears, however, that even some highly skilled workers are facing employment barriers, which may increase their likelihood of emigrating.

Labour productivity
Labour productivity in Canada's business sector inched up between April and June, as economic output and hours worked grew at almost the same pace.

Labour Force Survey
Employment was little changed for the second consecutive month in August. Job gains over the first eight months of 2004 totalled 113,000 (+0.7%), with almost all of this year's growth occurring in April and May. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.2%.

The effect of literacy on immigrant earnings
The average literacy and numeracy of immigrants are significantly below the averages of non-immigrants with equivalent educational credentials and other observable characteristics. This may partly explain the decline in the relative labour market success of immigrants over the past decade.


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