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Practitioner-Focused Research

Our research includes a variety of activities that complement our programming. Through surveys, interviews, and articles, we aim to communicate trends in the HR and LR fields.

Upcoming Programs

Professional Training Across CanadaWestCentralEast

Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 24-27, 2018 - Calgary
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 15-17, 2018 - Edmonton
Talent Management
May 23-24, 2018 - Regina
Labour Relations Foundations
May 28-June 1, 2018 - Victoria
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
May 29-31, 2018 - Calgary
Labour Arbitration Skills
Jun 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Advanced HR
Jun 5-7, 2018 - Ottawa
Organization Development Foundations
Jun 5-8, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Jun 12-13, 2018 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Halifax
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 18-20, 2018 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 23-28, 2018 - Kingston
Coaching Skills
Sep 26-27, 2018 - Edmonton
Managing Unionized Environments
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Saskatoon
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Oct 2-4, 2018 - Vancouver
Performance Management
Oct 10-11, 2018 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 16-18, 2018 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Oct 21-26, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 23-25, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 30- Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Victoria
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Nov 14-15, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Nov 14-16,2018 - Toronto
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Halifax
Workplace Restoration
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Dec 3-7, 2018 - Victoria
Talent Management
Dec 4-5, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Ottawa
Organizational Design
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Calgary
Designing Change
Feb 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 3-8, 2019 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 5-7, 2019 - Ottawa
Advanced HR
Mar 19-21, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Performance Management
Mar 26-27, 2019 - Victoria
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 7-12, 2019 - Kingston
Change Management
Apr 9-11, 2019 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Apr 16-17, 2019 - Calgary
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 30-May 3, 2019 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Apr 30-May 2, 2019 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 26-30, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Relations Foundations
Jun 3-7, 2019 - Halifax
Negotiation Skills
Jul 22-26, 2019 - Halifax
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
May 1-3, 2018 - Kingston
Change Management
May 1-3, 2018 - Toronto
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 8-10, 2018 - Toronto
Labour Arbitration Skills
Jun 3-7, 2018 - Kingston
Advanced HR
Jun 5-7, 2018 - Ottawa
Organization Development Foundations
Jun 5-8, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Jun 12-13, 2018 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Jul 17-20, 2018 - Kingston
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
Sep 18-20, 2018 - Ottawa
Labour Relations Foundations
Sep 23-28, 2018 - Kingston
Performance Management
Oct 10-11, 2018 - Toronto
Change Management
Oct 16-18, 2018 - Kingston
Negotiation Skills
Oct 21-26, 2018 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
Oct 23-25, 2018 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Oct 30- Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Nov 1, 2018 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Nov 6-9, 2018 - Toronto
Coaching Skills
Nov 14-15, 2018 - Toronto
Advanced HR
Nov 14-16,2018 - Toronto
Workplace Restoration
Nov 20-22, 2018 - Kingston
Organizational Design
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Ottawa
Managing Unionized Environments
Nov 27-29, 2018 - Toronto
Talent Management
Dec 4-5, 2018 - Toronto
Managing Unionized Environments
Feb 12-14, 2019 - Ottawa
Designing Change
Feb 26-28, 2019 - Toronto
Labour Relations Foundations
Mar 3-8, 2019 - Kingston
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
Mar 5-7, 2019 - Ottawa
Advanced HR
Mar 19-21, 2019 - Toronto
Strategic Grievance Handling
Mar 26-29, 2019 - Toronto
Mastering Fact-Finding and Investigation
Apr 2-5, 2019 - Toronto
Negotiation Skills
Apr 7-12, 2019 - Kingston
Change Management
Apr 9-11, 2019 - Toronto
Building Trust in the Workplace
Apr 26, 2019 - Toronto
Organization Development Foundations
Apr 30-May 3, 2019 - Toronto
Strategies for Workplace Conflicts
Apr 30-May 2, 2019 - Kingston
HR Metrics and Analytics
May 7-9, 2019 - Toronto
Designing Collaborative Workplaces
May 14-16, 2019 - Kingston
Labour Arbitration Skills
May 26-30, 2019 - Kingston

Latest Articles

IRC Articles and Papers Human Resources and Labour Relations Research and Resources

Latest Articles

Anthony N. Bota
Publication date: January, 1989

Employment related drug testing has become a contentious issue in Canada. While some employers have implemented some form of drug testing and many more are still considering it, the extent of its legality has yet to be determined by the human rights commissions, arbitrators and the courts. This essay examines the legal implications of employment related drug testing in Canada by analyzing relevant human rights legislation, arbitral jurisprudence, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In carrying out this analysis some reference is made to the legal developments in the United States. more

Don Taylor, Bradley Dow
Publication date: July, 1988

This paper was written from the perspective of Don Taylor, who was able to work in every part of Canada with union people - both leaders and members - many of whom had been involved in the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from its beginnings in this country. He felt that there were too few written memoirs of the experiences of those whose deeds didn't conform to accepted heroic traditions or dramatic conventions, but who enjoyed the great priviledge of working for a good cause in pursuit of noble principles. more

Charles M. Beach
Publication date: May, 1988

In the late 1980s, a considerable body of literature was emerging about the so-called "vanishing" middle class. Studies by Bluestone, Harrison and others raised the issues of deindustrialization and a growing low-wage economy.  In this paper from 1988, the author reviews the issues and evidence, and explores nine possible explanations: the baby-boom effect, changes in family composition, more working women, labour's falling income, traditional business cycle effects, a trade-based industrial shift, deindustrialization, industrial relocation and increased part-time work. more

Laurie Schwartz
Publication date: February, 1988

Sweden and Canada provide two significantly different maternity and parental leave programs. Sweden's Parental Leave program is comprehensive and "progressive", covering all eligible individuals and enjoying an extremely high utilization rate. Canada's Maternity Leave program, in contrast, does not share the Swedish success; only about half the women who bear children each year collect maternity benefits.

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Dan Keon
Publication date: February, 1988

The Canadian labour movement entered the 1980s in a state of great uncertainty. Following almost forty years of steady uninterrupted growth the union movement in Canada experienced in the early 1980s losses in the total number of union members. Although these losses in the absolute number of union members were recouped in the mid-1980s, the proportion of nonagricultural paid workers who are union members dropped from 1983 to 1986 to a level that had been achieved in the mid-1970s. more

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