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Career development in the Canadian workplace: National business survey

This report provides findings from the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) National Business Survey, based on a telephone survey conducted between October 25 and November 11, 2013 with a sample of 500 senior executives from Canadian businesses. The sample was designed to conduct interviews with senior staff of businesses across Canada, of various sizes, location (urban, rural and suburban) and industries. The National Business Survey focused on several topics that pertain to Canadian employers and organizations, in particular those reflecting executives’ perceptions on challenges facing Canadian businesses in general, the skilled labour shortage and skills gaps, and approaches toward employee training and finding workers with appropriate technical and soft skills, young workers as well as career management practices. Key research highlights are summarized below.