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BLG News Bulletin August 2023

Updates from the Commissioner for Employers

Government Announcements

Employment and Social Development Canada
August 8, 2023

On August 8th the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, launched the Recognized Employer Pilot (formerly the "trusted employer program"). This three-year pilot is intended to streamline the TFW application process for some employers. I am seeking feedback from employers on this pilot. Please call or email me your concerns. I am also happy to set up a virtual meeting. I will compile your feedback and share it with the Minister’s office and ESDC officials.

View the press release here:
Cutting red tape for employers who protect temporary foreign workers

For more details:
Hire a temporary foreign worker through the Recognized Employer Pilot: Overview


Employment and Social Development Canada - Temporary Foreign Worker Program
August 9, 2023

On August 9th, officials within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program shared with me key facts related to TFW applications for Fiscal Year 2022-23, including the year-over-year change compared to the previous fiscal year.

See the PDF for further information


Employment and Social Development Canada
July 26, 2023

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault was appointed Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages on July 26, 2023. I congratulate the Minister on his appointment and look forward to working with him to ensure Canada has a resilient and productive labour market.

Read the Minister's bio here:
The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, MP


Statistics Canada
August 4, 2023

Employment was little changed in July (-6,000). The unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage points to 5.5%, marking the third consecutive monthly increase.

Explore the most recent data here:
Labour Force Survey, July 2023


Department of Finance Canada
August 4, 2023

The Government of Canada is moving forward with consultations to advance key budget priorities to grow the clean economy and ensure tax fairness for Canadians and Canadian businesses. These consultations advance key components of the government’s clean economy plan to create new opportunities for Canadian workers today and for generations to come. Stakeholders are invited to share their feedback on these proposals by emailing

View the press release here:
Government consults Canadians on Budget 2023 measures to grow the clean economy, close tax loopholes, and deliver tax relief for Canadians


Statistics Canada
August 1, 2023

A new article from StatsCan notes that the majority of people planning to retire would continue working longer if they could work part-time, or work fewer hours without affecting their pension.

Read the full report here:
Majority of people planning to retire would continue working longer if they could reduce their hours and stress

Non-Government Reports and Announcements


C.D. Howe Institute
August 1, 2023

Canada has lowest number of manufacturing companies with over 250 employees per 1 million in population in 35 countries surveyed by the OECD. Is more attention to marketing and sales the secret sauce needed to improve the growth of Canadian firms and our overall productivity?

Read the report here:
The Missing Ingredient: Solving Canada’s Shortcomings in Growing Large Firms and Increasing Productivity


International Labour Organization (ILO)
July 18, 2023

This ILO report encompasses a detailed process of building business resilience (BRI), beginning from identifying the components of business resilience, outlining the challenges of data acquisition, to the application of various methods to synthesize a composite index.

Read the report here:
A conceptual framework for building business resilience

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