Low-Paid Workers and On-the-Job Training in Canada

Posted: 28 Apr 2010

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Isik U. Zeytinoglu

McMaster University - Michael G. DeGroote School of Business

Gordon B. Cooke

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU)

Karlene Harry

McMaster University - Human Resources & Management

James Chowhan

McMaster University

Date Written: March 15, 2008

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of on-the-job training for lowpaid workers in Canada and examines workplace and individual factors associated with their on-the-job training. The study uses Statistics Canada’s Workplace and Employee Survey (WES) 2001 data. Results show that less than a quarter of low-paid workers received on-the-job training in 2001 as compared to one third of higher-paid workers. A decomposition of regression models indicated that this substantive gap is statistically significant. With the shrinking labour force, ongoing skills development is needed to enable workers to earn a decent living, fulfill their work-related goals, and contribute to the current and future productivity of their workplaces and the economy. We recommend governments provide support for low-paid workers’ on-the-job training.

JEL Classification: M53

Suggested Citation

Zeytinoglu, Isik U. and Cooke, Gordon B. and Harry, Karlene and Chowhan, James, Low-Paid Workers and On-the-Job Training in Canada (March 15, 2008). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 63, No. 1, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1596246

Isik U. Zeytinoglu (Contact Author)

McMaster University - Michael G. DeGroote School of Business ( email )

1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4
Canada

Gordon B. Cooke

Memorial University of Newfoundland (MNU) ( email )

Faculty of Education
St John's, Newfoundland A1C 5V3
Canada

Karlene Harry

McMaster University - Human Resources & Management

Canada

James Chowhan

McMaster University ( email )

1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L6
Canada

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