Toronto – The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has released two new studies comparing work conditions and injury rates between immigrants and workers born in Canada.The studies found that not only are immigrants to Canada more likely to have poorer job situations, but men are also twice as likely to sustain workplace injuries that require medical care compared with men born in Canada. "Immigrants with five or fewer years in Canada are more likely to have higher qualifications than their jobs require, to have physically demanding jobs and to work fewer hours than they want to," says Dr. Peter Smith, a scientist at IWH and the lead researcher of both studies. New immigrants are also less likely to have supervisory responsibilities, to be unionized or to have access to employment benefits."It is surprising that we know so little about this issue, given that immigrants will account for all labour force growth in Canada over the next five to six years," he adds. "Currently, provincial workers' compensation agencies don't collect information on the immigrant status of injured workers, and the surveys we looked at were not designed specifically to answer these questions."The research also shows that conditions may be worse for certain types of immigrants–and may linger for years. Immigrants who are visible minorities, whose mother tongue is not English, or whose highest degree is from outside Canada are more likely to be overqualified, to lack supervisory responsibilities and to be underemployed. Up to 20 years later, immigrants are still less likely to receive non-wage benefits or be unionized.
Ottawa, Ont. - Manufacturing sales in Canada have posted their biggest gain since March 2007, according to a new Statistics Canada report.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – ISA and the Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI) are introducing three certificate programs that will increase knowledge and awareness of the ISA84 standard.
Mississauga, Ont. - Canadaís Industrial Accident Prevention Association has earned a prestigious award for its First 4 Weeks training program.
Frankfurt, Germany – Operators of injection moulding machinery in Europe and North America will work with the same safety instructions in the future, according to a new report by manufacturers' association Euromap. The Euromap 64, 68 and 69 pictograms that stand for "warning signs," "prohibition signs" and "mandatory activity" respectively have been adapted to conform to the newest version of the U.S. standard AN-137 (V.3.4; 2008).The association said the safety instructions also can be used for other plastics and rubber machinery.
Boston, Mass. - A security flaw in a popular piece of SCADA software could be exposing the worldís manufacturing plants, gas refineries and industrial facilities to attack.
Ottawa, Ont. - Manufacturers with innovative new technologies may want to hurry and apply for the 2008 Regional Innovation Awards Program from Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Toronto, Ont. - The Little Geeks Foundation, a not-for-profit that collects, refurbishes and re-distributes donated home and corporate computers, announced it will give away 200 donated computers to underprivileged children in the Greater Toronto Area.
Ottawa, Ont. - The manufacturing sector in Canada dropped more than expected in March, with shipments falling by 1.6 per cent to $49 billion, according to Statistics Canada.
Calgary, Alta. - Careers in Manufacturing recently presented the Calgary Manufacturing Industryís Best Employer Awards to six Calgary businesses in recognition of their business excellence in creating progressive, safe and innovative environments.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. - The ISA100.11a working group within the ISA100 Committee has officially begun its first letter ballot on its draft standard, the first in the ISA100 universal family of wireless standards.
Windsor, Ont. - The Canadian Auto Workers union has reached master agreements with both Chrysler and General Motors.
Ottawa, Ont. - The countryís aging baby boomers and a predicted labour shortage mean our demand for skilled workers will soon outstrip our supply, according to Canadaís Human Resources Minister Monte Solberg.
Ottawa, Ont. -The countryís manufacturing slump means Canada is losing tens of thousands of its best and most productive workers, according to a new report by the Toronto-Dominion bank.
Dedham, Mass. - The market for wireless devices and equipment in process manufacturing will grow to more than US$1.1 billion in 2012, a growth rate of 32 per cent per year, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study "Wireless in Process Manufacturing Worldwide Outlook."

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