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CPHR Canada Update

December 14, 2018  
Posted by: Jolyn Lamontagne
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CPHR Canada Update

Anthony Ariganello, CEO of CPHR Canada was recently invited to appear in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in Victoria to deliver key messages to the Federal Government, on potential measures the Finance Minister can take in the next federal Budget so as to assist Canadians in achieving success. All recommendations made, touch on key areas that the HR profession is very interested in.  Below are excerpts from the report which highlight the CPHR Canada recommendations. This is a very first for CPHR Canada, and demonstrates the value we as an Association and membership can deliver.

For your information, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance tabled its prebudget report yesterday in the House of Commons. The report entitled: Cultivating Competitiveness: Helping Canadians succeed makes 99 recommendations they wish the Finance Minister take into account when developing Budget 2019. Of particular interest to CPHR Canada are the recommendations contained in Chapter 5.

CPHR Canada is quoted 8 times throughout the report. Quotes are noted below. Evidently CPHR Canada's brief carried considerable weight in the formulation of the recommendations. Link to the report: FINA Report

Regarding technological changes, the Canada West Foundation said that the government should incentivize employers to change their work processes to increase knowledge and fill current job vacancies so that employers could keep up with foreign competitors. According to it, employers should also assist their employees in maintaining skills gain through training and preparing for the ongoing automation of many types of jobs. Similarly, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada thought that the government should implement policies and programs to help workers transition to the new reality where their know-how and skills no longer give them an advantage over increasingly intelligent machines and “soft skills” are increasingly more valued.  (p.80)

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada said that government should increase the diversity of the workforce by providing Indigenous Canadians with training opportunities.  (p. 81)

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada believed that Canada should join the Global Apprenticeship Network because of its ability to mobilize the private sector, business federations and associations, share best practices as well as advocate and commit to actions for job creation and skills development.  (p. 82)

Regarding international students and new Canadians, the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada stated that the government should facilitate the transition of foreign students into the Canadians workplace and ensure that new Canadians are able to apply their skills and professional qualifications in support of their families and the Canadian economy  (p. 86)

Several witnesses spoke about the Temporary Foreign Workers program. For example, PEI Select Tours Inc. commented about the unreliability and unpredictability of the program while the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the Canadian Horticultural Council, and the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada suggested that the government implement a “trusted employers program” in the Temporary Foreign Workers program thereby adding flexibility to the system by allowing employees and employers to renegotiate contracts by mutual consent.  (p. 86)

The Committee heard about the importance of the publicly available labour market information. For instance, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce suggested that the government improve its labour market information including more detailed local data on job openings and job seekers and a multi-factor competency measurement framework. Polytechnics Canada said that the dissemination of existing labour market information should be strengthened while it stressed the need to build better skills data so that young people and employers can better fulfill the labour market needs. It also suggested that a pilot skills in-demand survey be designed and deployed to better articulate the skill needs and meet labour market demands. This is concurred by the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada who believed that labour market information needs to be improved by monitoring and reporting on employment trends, including the precarity of work, emerging skills shortages, and conversely, areas where existing skills may be challenged by technology. (p. 88)

The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada suggested that the government should hold consultations with businesses, labour unions, and individuals in order to identify gaps and weaknesses in the current legislation regarding employment and access to support programs for those in non-traditional employment.  (p. 91)


Anthony Ariganello
President and CEO
CPHR British Columbia & Yukon
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