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$15 Minimum Wage Increase – What will it mean for working in Ontario?

Last week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario would become the second Canadian province to raise the minimum wage from $11.40 to $15 per hour by 2019. According to Maclean’s magazine, Ontario is home to Canada’s largest labour market, but, “has more people working at low wages than any other big economic engine of Canada (Quebec, B.C., Alberta).” That means a minimum wage increase will impact more employers and employees here than in any other province – but is it the right move for Ontario workplaces?

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The minimum wage increase, one of several amendments to employment regulations proposed by the Ontario Liberals, was greeted with immediate controversy, as Wynne predicted in an interview with the Toronto Star. Many feel the increase is long overdue, as the changes are intended to help the 30% of Ontario workers currently earning less than $15 per hour catch up and keep up with the cost of living. The significant wage hike will increase the minimum income for full-time workers by nearly $10,000/year (Statistics Canada, April 2017), and according to supporters, will reduce the number of Ontarians living in poverty and dramatically improve the financial situation of those affected. It is also anticipated that the increased minimum wage will help ease the gender gap and generally increase household spending in Ontario, driving up profits for businesses and fostering growth.

Others argue the increase will actually hurt the employees it hopes to protect, because of the potential negative impact to employers. Ontario-based businesses, like their staff, also deal with the pressure of operating in a financially demanding province. A mandatory minimum wage increase is predicted to result in price increases, forced relocations, further shifting away from full-time employment, and layoffs. Some suggest vulnerable workers – particularly young employees (age 15-24) – will hurt the most, as businesses will be forced to offer even fewer full-time and long-term opportunities, and alter non-wage benefits, in order to continue doing business in the province. It is also thought that small businesses, particularly those who rely solely on Ontario for both profit and production, will have the hardest time managing the increase.

A significant minimum wage increase is – as expected – hardly a bipartisan issue, and hardly a black and white issue. Over the years, studies have emerged arguing for and against a $15 minimum wage, and much of the discussion around the subject is fueled by politics. This time is no exception, which is why we want to hear from you – employers that are hiring and employees that are looking for work right now. What would a $15 minimum wage mean to you? Is this a wise move that will help businesses and employees thrive, or will it end up doing more harm than good? Here at Alpha North Group, we give you our best by listening to your needs, so we’d love to know what you think. Please share your thoughts in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Six Ways Employment Agencies are Essential When Returning to the Job Market

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Are you unhappy at work? Is your current job failing to meet your financial needs? Maybe you’ve recently lost your job, or have been on an extended break. Whatever the reason, you’re facing the challenge of returning to the job market and searching for your next opportunity. Even in the best of
circumstances, re-entering the job market after some time away can be one of the most intimidating and stressful times in your life. Not only are you tasked with figuring out your next career move, but you have to do the hard work of finding openings and making yourself noticed in an environment that may have changed dramatically since your last search. With so many new elements in play – and so many big decisions on your shoulders – the transition back to the job market has no shortage of shocks and surprises, making it easy to feel alone.


That’s where we come in. In a world of endless advice, endless choices and endless change, an employment agency can be the anchor you need to take the uncertainty and isolation out of returning to the job market. An employment agency understands what you’re dealing with and is your one-stop shop for the experience, tools and resources you need to make your return a successful one.


Here are the six ways employment agencies are essential in helping you return to the job market.


1: They Get to Know You

Ultimately, every individual returning to the job market is different. You have different goals, different backgrounds, different reasons for returning and different expectations. An employment agency is your advocate during the transition. Unlike an online job marketplace or classified ad, employment agency recruiters want to get to the heart of what you bring to the hiring table. In short, they want to get to know you. Their goal is making great employment matches, so they take the time to learn about your aptitudes, experiences and needs to determine where you can be successful.


2: They Have Your Next Job

While many professionals returning to work want to remain in a similar position, just as many aren’t sure of their next move, or are ready for a change. Putting your employment in the hands of an employment agency can bring you the clarity you need. After they’ve understood your unique skills and attributes, an employment agency gives you the vital information about fields needing your particular skills, who’s hiring, and what positions will help you get the career you want. An employment agency worth it’s salt thinks both analytically and creatively about your employment potential and can guide you into unexplored or unconsidered career paths. Most importantly, employment agencies are a direct connection to interested employers, so when the right opportunity opens up you’ll be one of the first in line.


3: They Know the Details

Professionals returning to the job market have an understandably different set of needs from entry level employees.  You need to know the details – like salaries, opportunities for advancement and workplace culture – to decide if a job will work for you. Employment agencies have the information you need to help with every step of the job search, from deciding whether to apply to how to negotiate your salary once you’re hired.


4: They Get You to Work

Sometimes, finding the ideal industry or right salary range isn’t your first priority. When you find yourself returning to the job market, you don’t always have the luxury to be picky. You just need to get back to work. Employment agencies, especially those that aren’t specialised by industry, connect you to temporary, contract or permanent jobs almost immediately, so you’re never losing income even while you’re still job hunting for your next opportunity.


5: They Help You Search

The legwork of finding that next opportunity is a full-time job in itself and can be especially daunting if you haven’t done it in a while. As soon as you set up a profile or make a call, employment agencies start finding you matches based on your credentials and requirements. Turning to an employment agency takes the search off your plate, freeing you to take an interim job, courses, or any other steps that will get you back into the working game.


6: They Keep You Current

Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Are you taking advantage of personal branding? Involved with the right professional associations? Is your networking strategy creative enough? Overwhelmed? Of course! Who wouldn’t be? Staying current in today’s job market – and trying to keep up with all of the advice about how to do it – is overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. An employment agency can tune out the noise and tell you what you really need to get the job, regardless of your age, skill level or experience. They have the insider knowledge about what today’s employers expect and can get you started in acquiring what you need to keep up. At Alpha North Group, we give our candidates real, manageable ways to navigate today’s job market, and even have a dedicated space where they can access the internet if they aren’t equipped to get online at home. Employment agencies understand the challenges of modern work and strive to keep their candidates informed and in control of the process.


Every day, professionals returning to the job market make Alpha North Group their first call. We make the transition easy and connect them to great employers who want their expertise and experience. We can do the same for you. Contact us today.

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