Century Initiative – 100 million by 2100

The Century Initiative is pushing for 100,000 million new Canadian into Canada by 2100. Just another example of how immigration and other factors are being tackled by different groups to address the growing shortage of workers into Canada. It is predicted that our GDP will drop to 1.6% if we stay on the current trajectory and do nothing, Century Initiative proposes 2.6% as a healthier goal.
Here’s some of the info the Century Initiative is tracking all more can be found in their informative report here. 
  • Trends in Canada’s population as of October 2020, Canada’s population was approximately 38 million.  Ontario has the highest proportion of the country’s population (39%), followed by Quebec (23%), British Columbia (14%), and Alberta (12%). The rest of the provinces each hold less than 5%.
  • In 2020, 27.3 million Canadians (more than 70% of Canada’s population) lived in cities, with the largest urban areas continuing to grow at a faster rate compared to other parts of Canada, despite recent slowed growth attributed to Covid-19.
  • The average age in Canada is slowly rising (41.4 years as of July 2020) and Canada’s share of seniors continues to grow (18% as of July 2020).
  • Rural and remote parts of Canada are more likely to experience advanced population aging compared to the rest of Canada and cities are more likely to have younger populations.
  • By 2036, seniors are projected to make up around a quarter of Canada’s population.
As we see programs such as the Century Initiative take shape, it’s important we are at the table to be heard! That’s why our partnership with CM&E and CFIB are important because through them we can echo your concerns and the real threat this labour shortage poses to our industry. CM&E and CFIB are working to influence government to make important policy decisions to help us address this massive shortage impacting the manufacturing and business sectors.

What values have you imprinted on your company?

What values have you imprinted on your company?

By Amrita Bhogal, Human Resources, Sunrise Kitchens

 

Values are unique to everyone. Your values come from many various areas of your life, with the majority of them being instilled in us as young children. The values you inherit are what influence your choices and business practices. But are your values aligned with your company’s? As business owners, it is important to revisit this topic often and ensure the decisions made within the company are aligned. Values dictate the standard of behaviours, and these behaviours can help influence change to continually grow or decline.

 

Many businesses state their values with only the external customer in mind.  This is a great start, however, we should not stop there. In my opinion as an HR representative, the most important values that should be established are for the internal customers (i.e. your employees). This will improve the direction you want to lead your team in, and if everyone is clear on these values, it will positively impact the most difficult change in any business – a change in culture.

 

Action plan:

  • Analyze and align values established for external and internal customers
  • Bridge gaps between all levels of the organization
  • Bring values into recruiting process – hire candidates that practice similar values

 

Catch me at the CKCA National Forum in Calgary to hear more on how we can get in front of labour shortages by focusing on values, culture and kaizen.

Behaviors Dictate Culture

The culture statement on your wall does not validate your organization’s culture, the everyday actions of your people do. Culture is complicated and a one-time brainstorm session on your culture statement does not manifest the ideal culture you want to form.

 

Your culture is driven by the everyday communication, actions and decisions that are taken by your people, whether it be managers or your front-line employees. Creating a culture you want for your organization is a lifetime of constant work. There are many ways you can drive the culture you want through your people.

 

Where to get started:

  1. It all starts with values – re-evaluating your values to ensure they will be used when communicating, decision making, and everyday actions (involve the people in the organization when establishing them)
  2. Educate the organization through value-based activities – this creates a strong connection
  3. Most importantly stop behaving against your values

 

As an HR professional, I have concluded you’re always working on your culture because you are constantly improving your people. People = Culture. The constant mindset of improving your people and the actions that make it happen drives your culture. A place to start creating the ideal workplace culture is through your communication as it drives the actions which results in behaviors.

 

Want more? Start a conversation through Social Media:

Instagram: amrita_bhogal

LinkedIn: amrita bhogal

 

Amrita Bhogal

Human Resources

Sunrise Kitchens Ltd

Web-Cab addressing labour shortages

November 2018

CKCA member Web-Cab is very much aware of the labour shortages plaguing our industry.

They’ve adapted the Production Assistant, a MES type software to simplify training and improve productivity.

Read full article here.

HR Topics and Tips

Welcome to the HR page!

We’ve listened to our members. We know HR is important to the success of any company. We will use this space to feature articles, tips, case studies, examples of policies to help our members.

Below you will see contributors such as Sunrise Kitchens, WMC, JobTalks and others.  Got an article suggestion or looking for information? Contact us at info@ckca.ca

Don’t forget, we’ve got programs to help you afford and retain good employees.

  • Medical benefits (save $thousands on your coverage with a CKCA medical benefits plan that pools our volume to get better rates including a 24 month rate guarantee) c
  • Corporate discounts on Goodlife for your staff and their families
  • Mark’s Work Warehouse discount cards for all your staff….and we’re adding more all the time.
  • Check out the Member Discounts section of our website.
Sound advice that explains why now, more than ever, valuing people is so important for your company’s survival. Click here.
The continued story of this company’s journey to continually improve by embracing the concepts of Kaizen. Here’s an update on how this company is doing as their journey continues. Article here  (March 1 2021)
Located on Vancouver Island, Mid Island Cabinets has taken 3 important “behind the curtain” steps to strengthen their business. Read full article here.
“We were already on the path of improvements and were looking into the lean manufacturing method, but when we visit the shops that were using the Kaizen method/culture, we were just so blown away that we contact Chris Leonard, Kaizen Institute very shortly thereafter. So far we have been very impressed with Chris and are looking forward to working with them as we progress through the program.”
Kathy Hatcher
Mid Island Cabinets
   A vital non-profit organization that introduces students, parents, teachers and counselors to exciting careers in the construction industry

Jon Callegher spoke at the CKCA National Forum in Calgary 2019.

Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades

March 2019 – A report one year in the making has just been released.  Over 400 construction workers from 10 categories participated in a study. The primary objective of this study was to explore ideas for improving retention and recruitment of employees in the residential construction and related infrastructure trades in the GTA.

Read the Executive Summary here.

Read the full report – Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades – See presentation here.

Amrita Bhogal, HR Manager, Sunrise Kitchens, is an eager HR professional whose focus is to elevate people’s mindset and coach them to live a continuous improvement lifestyle. She has always had an entrepreneurial mindset and turned her passion for helping people she decided to pursue Human Resources in university. Nine months into her career she was introduced to the principles of Kaizen and since then adopted these principles in her life. Presently, she is educating the workforce at Sunrise Kitchens on learning to use Kaizen principles in daily tasks at work and at home.

Amrita believes in “educating people and providing them with the tools to achieve a growth mindset.”

  CKCA’s Executive Director, Sandra Wood, interviews Amrita Bhogal (Sunrise Kitchens) in the January/February edition of Woodworking Canada Magazine.

Is HR keeping you up at night?  Think Kaizen.

Navigating COVID-19 in Your Business (May 2020) – Read article here

Celebrate team success often (Sept 2019) – Read article here

Changes are a good thing (Aug 2019) – Read article here

Behaviors Dictate Culture (May 2019) – Read article here.

What values have you imprinted on your company? (March 2019) – Read article here.

Losing the new hire – Effective employee retention strategies (February 2019) – Read article here.

It’s your people that transform your materials – Change for the better! (January 2019) – Read article here.

 

 

The Wood Manufacturing Council is a non-profit corporation that works to bring together stakeholders in advanced wood processing to help collectively address human resource and skills development issues in the sector.

Women in Wood – Information and resources to encourage women into the profession.  Click here