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Posted March 02, 2018 06:06:13The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) says its members and their employers have a critical role in the country’s economy, but many are feeling the effects of the recent economic crisis and low growth.
Its national president, Rob McLeod, says Canada is at a tipping point in terms of the economic development of the country.
He says if the economy continues to grow this way, it will not be sustainable for Canadians to have a workforce.
“If the economy doesn’t grow, it’s going to impact on our economy, and if we don’t invest in our workforce, it could affect our economy,” he said.
The CFIB, which represents about 4,000 small and medium-sized businesses, says there are roughly 20 million workers in the Canadian economy and the unemployment rate in Ontario is about 9 per cent.
It says the job market is improving for young workers but young people are not receiving the job training they need to compete.
Its members are also concerned about the lack of skills training for their workers, and its members have been voicing that concern for years.
The organization says its member companies need to create skills training programs for their employees and that they need access to affordable child care.
“It’s a critical issue that the industry needs to get back to,” said McLeod.
The problem with many small businesses is the high cost of hiring a new person to fill the same job.
The CFIB says a large number of these companies are doing the exact opposite.
“We’re looking at a situation where you have a small business that’s struggling, that’s a little bit in the red, that might be struggling, but it’s actually having a very positive impact on their employees, and their bottom line,” said Chris Nocera, director of the Canadian Federation for Independent Business (CFIFIB).
He said if you’re going to hire a new employee, there are three things you should do.
First of all, make sure they have a great job that they’re qualified for.
Second, make them feel like they’re in a position to succeed.
Third, they should have a plan for how they’re going be successful in the future.
“The CFIFIB says employers should also consider hiring apprentices, as there are many apprenticeships available for young people who are not ready for full-time work.”
That’s what the CFIFIBS does, it trains these young people, gives them apprenticeships so they can be part of the workforce,” said Nocara.”
In our business environment, we need to think about the long-term,” he added.
That’s the challenge we have right now,” said Oleg Zvyagintsev, president of the Association of Canadian Small and Medium Businesses.”
We’ve got a number of employers who are looking at their staffing requirements.
That’s the challenge we have right now,” said Oleg Zvyagintsev, president of the Association of Canadian Small and Medium Businesses.
He said he hopes to see a number more small businesses open their doors to apprentices.
“I think there is a lot of work to be done in this area, and that’s why we are so pleased to see this kind of development,” he told CBC News.
Small businesses are one of the most vulnerable sectors to economic downturns, as more of their workers are in precarious employment.
About 70 per cent of small business jobs in Canada are vacant, and as of last year, there were more than 14,000 job vacancies in the sector, according to Statistics Canada.