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Economist Don Drummond says in a new report that improvements to better measure Canada’s job-market shortcomings have been inadequate mainly because co-ordinated action has been all but non-existent.
Economist Don Drummond says in a new report that improvements to better measure Canada’s job-market shortcomings have been inadequate mainly because co-ordinated action has been all but non-existent.
(Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canada flying blind on labour shortages: Drummond

Five years ago, a government-struck advisory panel identified a “desperate need” for Canada to improve and co-ordinate its data measuring the labour market to address growing concerns about labour shortages and skills mismatches that threaten to hamstring Canada’s economic potential. Today, that committee’s chairman, respected economist Don Drummond, says the improvements have been inadequate – largely because the co-ordination has been all but non-existent. Chiefly, he says, we need some leadership that has been sorely lacking.