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6 recent Statistics Canada reports on work and education

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Each week, CERIC is on the lookout for the latest reports related to career development. Here are six reports that we found interesting this week:

The Postsecondary Experience and Early Labour Market Outcomes of International Study Permit Holders

This study found international students were somewhat more likely to graduate from their post-secondary program than Canadian students within five years of initial registration. However, international post-secondary students were less likely than Canadian students to combine school and work. Furthermore, only about one-third of international students who graduated from a post-secondary program remained and worked in Canada six years after graduation.

Upgrading and high school equivalency among the Indigenous population living off reserve

The study examines the characteristics of Indigenous people who have completed upgrading or high school equivalency programs. It also evaluates whether completing such a program helps people achieve better outcomes later in life, in terms of both educational achievement and labour market participation.

Pay Transparency and the Gender Gap

This paper examines the impact of public sector salary disclosure laws on university faculty salaries in Canada. This study documented three key findings. First, the disclosure laws reduced salaries on average. Second, the laws reduced the gender wage gap between men and women. Third, the gender wage gap narrowed primarily in universities where faculty members are unionized.

Maximum insights on minimum wage workers: 20 years of data

Among the findings:

  • Between 1998 and 2018, the proportion of employees earning minimum wage grew from 5.2% to 10.4%, with most of that growth occurring between 2017 and 2018
  • In the early 2000s, retail trade surpassed accommodation and food services as the largest employment sector for minimum wage workers and has remained the largest since
  • The proportion of employees earning minimum wage increased at a faster pace among large firms compared with medium and small firms between 1998 and 2018
A Gender Analysis of the Occupational Pathways of STEM Graduates in Canada

According to this study, generally, among STEM graduates who were employed in a STEM occupation in 2006, women were more likely than men to have moved to a non-STEM occupation by 2016. The occupational pathways of male and female STEM graduates also differed.

Job vacancies, second quarter 2019

The number of job vacancies was up in four provinces and two territories, with Quebec accounting for nearly 70% of the national increase. Job vacancies increased in six of the 10 largest industrial sectors, led by accommodation and food services; professional, scientific and technical services; and health care and social assistance.


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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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