In the early NINETIES, people receiving a diagnosis of wet macular degeneration would have learned two things: their vision would get worse and there was no treatment available. The only option was a referral to a low-vision specialist to discuss how to function with dwindling sight.
Family enterprises generated almost half of Canada’s private sector GDP and almost seven million jobs in 2017. These statistics are part of a recently released white paper, Family Enterprise Matters: Harnessing the Most Powerful Driver of Economic Growth in Canada, produced by the Family Enterprise Xchange Foundation (FEX-F) based on Conference Board of Canada research.
For many young Canadian farmers, working the land is more than just a job; it’s a viable and attractive lifestyle choice, says Clare Cullen, operations director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at the University of British Columbia’s UBC Farm.
The mapping of the wheat genome by an international team co-led by researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) provides a fundamental tool for wheat research and plant breeding to develop better varieties with that can combat diseases, tolerate temperature and rainfall extremes, and meet different consumer needs, all while improving global food security.
Two key factors are shaping the outlook for skilled trade professions: an aging workforce and rapidly changing technologies, both of which enhance the prospects for Canadians in related careers, says Alan McClelland, dean of the School of Transportation at Centennial College.
“With baby boomers moving into retirement, we don’t have enough people going into skilled trades,” he says. “We offer programs for becoming maintenance and repair technicians for everything from motorcycles to aircraft.”
Canada’s labour market is changing, with jobs being disrupted by technology and new opportunities emerging across the country. Colleges and institutes are responding with new programs, developed in close consultation with industry and communities.