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Canadian employees can expect an average salary increase of 2.6% in 2014, according to a national survey of public and private sector employers conducted by Hay Group. The projected increase is lower than the projection for 2013 (at 2.9 %) and continues to be relatively close to projected increases of 2.8% for American employees. U.S. average projections are also lower for 2014 than they were a year ago.
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Many executives uncomfortable being 'friended' by business contacts: survey

Most senior managers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they are uncomfortable being 'friended' by their bosses (71 per cent) or the employees they supervise (66 per cent), compared to 69 per cent and 72 per cent of respondents, respectively, in a similar survey conducted in 2009.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced reforms to strengthen and improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada has now implemented a user fee for employers applying for labour market opinions along with new language and advertising requirements for the TFWP.
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Top 20 Downloads from the NALD Library collection - April 2012 to March 2013

Here are the user statistics for 2012-2013 from our 'Top 20 Downloads.' The report examines the number of PDF documents, in both English and French, which are viewed and downloaded by visitors to the websites NALD and BDAA. We are able to look at the most downloaded documents in terms of titles and numbers for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
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Post-secondary education students confident in financial knowledge: RBC Poll

The majority of post-secondary students (64 per cent) plan to live away from home while attending school this fall, despite expecting the cost to be about 50 per cent higher than those living at home, according to the 2013 RBC Student Finances Poll. Of those students living away, more than eight-in-10 (83 per cent) are confident in their ability to manage their finances.
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In a rut at work? Here are timely tips for helping you cope

If you hate your job and can't quit, there are some things you can do to make it bearable and to change your job while you are still in it. It means seeing options that aren't obvious but do exist. And you don't need the boss's buy-in to change some aspects of the job and yourself.
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Six steps to help you tame your stressed-out brain

To get a grip during a stressful moment, we need strategies that put the perceived threat back into its cage and deliberately bring our higher thinking abilities back online. Here are six strategies to help you “tame your brain.”
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Acceptance into university, college or graduate school is a major milestone, and you want to be able to do it without racking up an overwhelming amount of debt. Scotiabank offers tips for managing expenses during the school year.
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Canada an attractive choice for international students: survey

International students studying in Canada pay less in student fees than their counterparts studying in other top education markets around the world, according to new research from HSBC. Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students to study in, followed by the US, the UAE and the United Kingdom.
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Money lessons: Undergraduates say their budgets did not make the grade

According to research from TD Canada Trust, 38% of undergraduate students wished they had stuck to a budget during school, and 43% said they wished they had curbed spending on discretionary items like nights out with friends, gadgets and coffee. Quick-fix approaches to spending can have implications that linger for decades, so it is essential that freshmen put their best financial foot forward from day one.
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Disappointing job numbers for the month of July: Statistics Canada

Led by declines among youth, employment decreased by 39,000 in July, and the unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage points to 7.2%. With this decrease, employment gains have averaged 11,000 per month over the past six months, slower than the average of 27,000 observed during the preceding six-month period.
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OLES Bulletin - Summer 2013

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is a centre of expertise with a workplace focus. In this issue, you'll find articles concerning a website for helping older Canadians get jobs; a section on the OLES website about tools, assessments, and training support; case studies on integrating ES for success, among others.
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ThirdQuarter - an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs

ThirdQuarter is an online forum that makes it easier for Canadians aged 45+ to find jobs that match their skills, while helping employers find potential employees who have the skills they are seeking.
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Why digital literacy is crucial

People need to know how to search for everyday information such as bus schedules, tax information and other important information that is part of every day living. Job seekers need to know how to search for and apply for jobs posted on the Internet and submit their resume through an online application system. If adults do not know how to do these things, they will fall behind.
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Assessment matters

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. These notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs.
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New surveys suggest that training programs provide recruiting advantage

Companies that invest in their employees' professional development have an edge when recruiting information technology (IT) professionals, new research from Robert Half Technology suggests. Sixty-eight per cent of IT workers surveyed said that the ability to acquire new skills in a role is very important when evaluating a job opportunity.
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Two out of three students appreciate the back-to-school season and look forward to the new school year, according to a recent survey. In fact, the survey shows that students more than parents or teachers lead the way in appreciating the back-to-school season.
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Through Modus, NALD is providing quick, easy Internet access to assessment tools that are available across Canada, saving users the time and work of having to locate these resources on their own.
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On trend: These are not your parents' jobs

When you were a kid, you might have dreamed of being a doctor, a teacher or a veterinarian. You likely determined your career options by looking at the people around you and seeing what jobs they held. But it’s a new world, and there is an array of careers many people know nothing about.
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A new video, entitled "Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Act," provides information on human rights in American Sign Language (ASL), Québec Sign Language (LSQ), English and French captioning, and English and French voice-over. The video is available on the Canadian Human Rights Commission's website and the website of the Canadian Association of the Deaf.
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A new CIBC poll conducted by Harris/Decima shows 14 per cent of Canadians carrying debt believe they will never be debt-free - a number that jumps to 21 per cent for Canadians 65 years of age and up.
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The College - Employees Participate in Communities Team at Maskwacis Cultural College in Hobbema, Alberta, is conducting consultations for the purpose of setting up a community library. This report, which outlines project progress to date, includes a feedback page at the end.
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Room for savings: Get the most from your travel accommodation buck

Want to stretch your vacation budget? Discover your accommodation personality and check out these online options to save a lot of cash. It’s a sad reality: Canadians don’t get a lot of vacation time. In fact, a survey by Mercer human resources consultants found that we receive less holiday time than other developed countries in the world, averaging only 19 days a year.
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How should teens handle money earned from summer jobs?

For teenagers who get to cash summer paycheques, job one is not to spend it all. After they earn their own cash for a year or two, and learn basic money-management skills, they will be better equipped to take that next step of investing, says Joline Godfrey, author of Raising Financially Fit Kids.
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The premiers believe that the federal government must collaborate with the provinces and territories and support them in a way that ensures the most effective and successful programs will continue to benefit Canadians. The premiers reiterated their position that federal funding agreements or initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant must allow jurisdictions to opt out, with full compensation.
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In October 2013, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – the most comprehensive and ambitious survey of skills ever undertaken amongst OECD countries. The survey will provide Canada a unique opportunity to not only measure skill levels, but examine how skills are used at work and the relationships between skills and socioeconomic outcomes.
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Trades Alberta: Apprenticeship completion vital to health of trades

Attracting students to the trades is a crucial part of filling skilled jobs in Alberta, but industry experts also stress the need for those new workers to complete their apprenticeships.
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Survey: Six in 10 workers would leave their jobs due to low engagement

A little motivation goes a long way, a new survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers interviewed admitted it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their current position if they felt disengaged. That's bad news for some employers: more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of professionals said their company is not effective at keeping staff motivated.
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"For the College, it was very important that we were able to strike the right balance," said Sharon Carry, President and CEO, Bow Valley College. "We want to ensure we maintain the high quality programs and services for our learners while also ensuring the College is fiscally responsible."
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“I think [improving your speaking skills] will help you get hired, and I think it will help you stay employable,” says Mitch Joel, president of Twist Image, a Toronto-based digital marketing agency. “You have to be competent, you have to be smart, you have to have a product or service that does what it says it does, but beyond that, all you have left as a competitive advantage is your ability to present that to someone else and have them believe in it.”
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