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:
Artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, the sharing economy and other emerging technologies were expected to upend the nature of how people work, eliminate an array of routine and repetitive tasks, and put pressure on social support frameworks designed for a different era. These impacts expected to be felt in the near to medium term suddenly find themselves present. The need to reinvent Canada’s social and economic policy frameworks has a newfound urgency.
Economic growth in Canada’s North has outpaced the rest of the country. This primer discusses the challenges still faced by Indigenous people in the North, who continue to experience socio-economic disparities.
Labour Market Experience, Gender Diversity and the Success of Women-owned Enterprises (Statistics Canada)
The paper starts by comparing the socio-economic characteristics of men and women in the years preceding entry into business ownership. The results show important differences across gender, which suggest that men entrants seem to have more pertinent labour market experience than their women counterparts.
COVID-19 triggered a mass experiment in online education that will have a lasting impact on how and where Canadians learn. The abrupt change poses a fresh challenge for a Canadian higher-education system that was already preparing for an economic future that might look very different.
Keeping human services in community hands: Why nonprofits deliver better (Ontario Nonprofit Network)
Human services focus on serving the well-being of individuals and families in their social settings. Traditionally, these services have been provided by non-profit providers. However, years of austerity governments have allowed large, for-profit chains to expand their footprint into human services. The growth of chains had been happening largely out of the public eye until COVID-19 illuminated the devastating impact of profit over quality of services in the long term care system. This policy brief outlines the risks of for-profit chains providing human services and offers alternatives to safeguard quality for public interest.
When viewed through an intersectional lens that is centred on gender, it is evident that diverse communities of women in Canada face a range of risks during this pandemic. These experiences must be accounted for in a meaningful way and centrally inform recovery planning. A one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 recovery efforts will likely fail to meet the needs of women and girls, heighten gender-based inequalities, and increase social and economic disparities.
Want the latest reports on career development, the workforce, education and more delivered to your inbox each week? Subscribe to our popular CareerWise Weekly newsletter.