- When labour relations are more cooperative and less adversarial, it benefits employers, workers, and the economy as a whole.
- Citizens and consumers are best served when a wide diversity of organizations, including labour unions, compete and cooperate with one another in markets governed by the rule of law.
December 19, 2013
This policy paper presents the case for a new framework of understanding labour relations in Canada. Taking insights which move debates about labour beyond the pendulum of pro-union and anti-union policies, it proposes a new policy within a new framework.
Johanna Lewis, N.T. Khuong Truong
September 15, 2022
We examine the nature and extent of the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians on various economic measures.
Johanna Lewis, Brian Dijkema
March 23, 2022
We take a closer look at the human costs of Canadians with disabilities’ exclusion from work and identify some of the key questions standing in the way of positive policy reform.
August 14, 2019
Whether it’s air travel or Internet, the time-honoured Canuck reflex is to boldly pacify the masses with the security blanket of quasi-monopolies, contends Convivium contributor Peter Menzies.
Peter Stockland, Brian Dijkema
July 27, 2018
Cardus’ director of Work and Economics made waves on Canada’s West Coast this month with a report critiquing the B.C. government’s move to let only unionized construction companies bid for major infrastructure projects. But, Brian Dijkema tells Convivum, the policy will cost taxpayers billions, punish workers, and risk damage to democracy itself.
July 5, 2016
Cardus Work and Economics Program Director Brian Dijkema reflects on the opportunity that construction season provides us to celebrate the "vast array of talents and skills that it takes to keep a country and its economy functioning."
August 29, 2022
"Toronto is facing another multi-million-dollar budget shortfall. While it’s easy to blame the pandemic, most of the problem is of the city’s own making. For years, Toronto has refused to recognize that construction competition could go a long way in keeping it out of financial trouble," writes Karen Renkema, VP Ontario at the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash
July 11, 2022
"In the most in-depth analysis to date on Community Benefits Agreements in jurisdictions across the country, the independent think-tank Cardus found while CBAs in Canada have serious flaws, nowhere is this more plainly clear than in B.C.," writes Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. Photo by Kosuke Noma on Unsplash
The Holistic Value of Work, Religion in a Pluralist Society, and Why Quebec’s Bill 21 Must Be Challenged
February 17, 2022
In the Hub Dialogues podcast, Cardus's Brian Dijkema discusses his unique path to the world of think tanks, the future of trade unions, the non-material benefits of work, and Quebec’s Bill 21. Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash