When Venture first launched in 1985, one stated goal was to be a TV version of the Wall Street Journal's front page: lively, lucid and wide-ranging. It's about business, but it's not just for businessmen and businesswomen. Venture covered all the aspects of the economy in Canada and beyond: prices, profits, personnel, innovation and ideas as they affect any business. From farms to fishing boats, boardrooms to barbershops, Venture was about the business of making a living. CBC cancelled Venture in 2007, after an amazing 22 seasons on the air.
Venture spends the entire episode exploring the changing face of the Canadian work force, in a segment called, 'The New Contract.' The economy is undergoing drastic changes with industries and factories closing down across the country, and thousands being laid off and forced to find other types of work.
Venture follows two families among the millions of Canadians struggling to get by on less with people holding down more jobs and making less money than in the past. Canada's median salaries haven't changed since 1979 and workers under the age of 35 have seen their incomes drop by 15 per cent since the 1980s and couples are paying more tax than ever. Families have seen their earning potential drop dramatically, loss of benefits, vacation time and paying more tax. Without a second family income Canada's poverty rate would jump by 60 per cent.