Saskatchewan is proposing to increase maternity and adoption leaves to offer what the province says will be the longest time off in the country.
A bill introduced in the legislature would allow new mothers to take 19 weeks off _ one week more than they get now.
The proposal would also align parental leave with new federal standards of 59 weeks for a mother if she took full leave.
If another parent took the entire leave or collected employment insurance, parental leave would expand to 63 weeks.
The government also plans to make workers eligible to take 17 weeks off to care for critically ill adult family members.
Interpersonal violence leave is to be extended to 10 days to include survivors of sexual violence.
Survivors can use the time to seek medical or legal assistance, move to a safe space or obtain support services.
“During a major life event, such as bringing a child into the family or assisting a loved one experiencing a serious illness, workers should not have to worry about job security,” Labour Relations Minister Don Morgan said Wednesday in a statement.
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OTTAWA _ Statistics Canada says the number of people collecting employment insurance in April fell to the lowest level in at least 21 years.
The federal agency says 453,100 people received the regular wage insurance payments in April, down 100,200 or 18 per cent since April 2017, and the lowest number since comparable data became available in 1997.
The reduction in beneficiaries was reflected in every province and coincides with a reduction in the national unemployment rate from 6.5 per cent to a record low of 5.8 per cent over same 12-month period.
StatsCanada also points out there was real gross domestic product growth in every province in 2017 for the first time since 2011.
The agency says the sharpest year-over-year decline in EI recipients took place in Alberta, where the 56,300 people collecting benefits was down nearly 29 per cent from a year earlier.
Other provinces with big declines included Quebec, down 24 per cent; British Columbia, 22 per cent; and Ontario and New Brunswick, each down by 16 per cent.
Changes in the number of beneficiaries are affected by the number of new claims, recipients who go back to work and the number who have exhausted their benefits.
TORONTO _ Google has launched its job search feature in Canada.
The feature appears within its existing search engine, when users type in queries including “jobs near me”, “summer jobs”, “government jobs”, “work from home jobs” or “jobs in Canada”.
Once a user searches one of the terms or a similar work-related query, Google will offer webpages it determines are job postings.
The postings can be filtered to view opportunities based on the commute distance, job title and time commitment.
Users will also be able to save their job searches and set up email notifications to be alerted as soon as new postings appear.
The job search function was first piloted in the U.S. and India.
Google’s philanthropic arm is also giving $1 million to Toronto’s MaRS innovation hub to develop an employment platform that will launch next year and aims to help workers navigate the changing job market.