Alberta has the second-worst provincial unemployment rate in Canada after Newfoundland and Labrador..
According to new Statistics Canada data, unemployment reached 15.5 per cent in June.
It marks an 8.8 per cent difference from the same time last year.
The only province with a higher unemployment rate is Newfoundland and Labrador, at 16.5 per cent.
And unemployment in Alberta’s largest cities is also highest among Canadian major urban centres: about 15.7 per cent of the Edmonton workforce is currently unemployed, and 15.6 per cent of the Calgary workforce.
In May, their unemployment rates were 13.6 per cent and 13.4 per cent, respectively.
The news comes alongside a report that Canada added 953,000 jobs in June as businesses forced to close by the pandemic began to reopen.
“That’s important progress but we have a long way to go,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney commented Friday at a news conference in Fort Saskatchewan, where a carbon capture and storage facility recently reached the five-million equivalent tonnes milestone.
Kenney’s government’s economic recovery plan centres on infrastructure projects that create jobs and making Alberta an attractive place for investment – as does the facility at the Shell Scotford complex, Kenney said.
“Projects like this are a key part of Alberta’s recovery plan to build, to diversify, and to create jobs. When the global economy comes back form COVID, when demand returns for oil and gas, we are going to see, I believe, something of a supply shortage because of all the upstream exploration that has been cancelled, and so we’ll see prices go up. And that will be a great opportunity for Alberta, especially as we make progress on pipelines,” he said.
“But there’s one critical factor, we’ve got to bring investment back. And that means we’ve got to demonstrate our progress on environmental responsibility which is why investments like this… are so important to jobs, the economy, and the future prosperity of Alberta.”
The national unemployment rate fell to 12.3 per cent after hitting a record-high of 13.7 per cent in May.
With files from CTVNews.ca
Humidex to approach 40C in Toronto on Sunday and Monday – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Sunday, August 9, 2020 7:56AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 9, 2020 1:38PM EDT
Environment Canada issued a heat warning for Toronto on Sunday, saying temperatures with the humidity will feel like close to 40 Celsius at times.
Meteorologists project temperatures will reach 32C on Sunday, feeling like 38 to 40C, while the mercury will hit 31 to 33C on Monday with the humidity making it feel like 39 to 40C.
They say the high temperatures will increase the risk of air pollution or smog.
“The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.”
Everyone who is able should limit their time spent outside, and outdoor workers should hydrate well and take regular breaks in a cool place.
The City of Toronto says three cooling centres will be open Sunday afternoon at Metro Hall on John Street, Malvern Recreation Centre on Sewells Road and Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre on Cowan Avenue.
Metro Hall will be open 24-hours during the heat warning.
On Monday, Mimico-Coronation Club on Judson Street will also be open to the public as a cooling centre.
A Heat Warning in effect for Mississauga – insauga.com
A heat event is expected in Mississauga.
Timing: Today through Monday. The heat event may persist into Tuesday.
Maximum temperatures today: 30 to 32 degrees Celsius (Humidex 38 to 40).
Maximum temperatures Monday: 31 to 33 degrees Celsius (Humidex 39 to 41).
Minimum overnight temperatures: 20 to 23 degrees Celsius.
Hot and humid air can also bring deteriorating air quality and can result in the Air Quality Health Index to approach the high risk category.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.
Outdoor workers should take regularly scheduled breaks in a cool place.
Burnaby now has its fourth COVID 'outbreak' in the past week – Burnaby Now
Burnaby now has its fourth confirmed COVID-19 outbreak in the past week after yet another positive test was detected in the city on Saturday.
The latest positive test is a staff member at Burnaby’s New Vista seniors residence, according to an email sent to families of New Vista residents and shared with the NOW.
New Vista saw multiple COVID-19 cases in April involving staff and residents, and one of those residents died.
“I am at New Vista to support staff and ensure compliance with our infection control,” reads the email from Helle Johansen, director of care for New Vista. “We wish it would be otherwise, however we have done this before and we know the drill and with your support and understanding we will get through this again.”
This latest positive case follow three other “outbreaks” – the term used by Fraser Health – at Burnaby care homes. A resident of Burnaby’s George Derby Centre tested positive for COVID-19 late this week, and staff at Burnaby’s Derby Manor and Dania Home have also tested positive in the past week.
Fraser Health rapid response teams have been deployed.
Fraser Health said it has implemented the following:
- Staffing levels will be maintained to provide resident care.
- Visitors are restricted throughout the facility.
- Staff and residents movement in the facility has been restricted.
- Cleaning and infection control measures have been enhanced.
- Residents, families and staff are being notified.
- Twice a day screening of all staff and residents.
“During this time, Fraser Health has additional presence at the site to take any further actions required and support the facility,” said the health authority. “This includes dedicated people to address quality, answer questions from staff, residents and family, and provide active checks of symptoms with staff and residents.”
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