Brandie Weikle

CBC News

Brandie Weikle is a senior writer for CBC News based in Toronto. She's a long-time magazine and newspaper editor and podcast host with specialities in family life, health and the workplace. You can reach her at

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Slow out of the gate, university grads fare better than other Canadians: study

You're not imagining it — it does take university grads longer to find jobs these days. But a new report suggests those who hold degrees fare better than average down the road, meaning a university degree still looks like a good return on investment.

Job vacancies up almost 10% from last year: StatsCan report

Job vacancies rose nearly 10 per cent between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2018, a new Statistics Canada report has found.

Most Canadian workers are stressed about their pay, study suggests

Despite record job creation and low unemployment, 83 per cent of Canadian workers polled for a recent survey said they experience stress related to pay and money problems.

Why mid-life could be the best time to change careers

For workers who wish to find their way to new careers, it may be easier than before to land those roles, especially given that Canada's jobless rate has just dropped to its lowest level in 43 years.

Why companies are now helping staff pay for their vacations

Companies are signing up with new benefit platform Vacation Fund, where employee savings for holidays are matched — at varying levels — by employers. Its the latest strategy among several recent initiatives geared at making sure staff use their holiday time.

These are the companies where Canadian students most want to work

Canadian employers will need to show new hires the money if they wish to compete with foreign-owned companies for talent entering the workforce, especially in competitive fields such as technology.

Looking for work in health care, tech or retail? You could be in luck

What do a registered nurse, a sales clerk and a software engineer have in common? They're all qualified for the jobs that are most likely to go unfilled in Canada.

The psychology behind why few of us feel rich

It's human nature to compare ourselves to others and when it comes to money, social psychologists say most people have a big blind spot — we only compare upward to those who have more than us.

Canada's housing markets not as vulnerable as prices fall more than 5%, CMHC report

For the first time in 2.5 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has rated the housing market as only moderately vulnerable, indicating the hot conditions characterized by bidding wars and sky-high prices may be cooling off a little.

Airbnb for LGBTQ travellers boycotts hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei in wake of new death penalty laws

A short-term rental company that caters to LGBTQ travellers is calling for a boycott of hotels around the world owned by the Sultan of Brunei following the introduction of new laws making gay sex punishable by stoning to death.

Flexible work — for everyone — is key to keeping women in the workforce, experts say

Difficulties managing family and work life continue to push disproportionate numbers of women out of the workforce compared to men. But labour market experts say more flexible workplace policies across the board — regardless of gender or family status — are key to stopping our economy from losing qualified female workers.

Difficulty finding child care is affecting some Canadians' ability to work, StatsCan reports

New data from Statistics Canada shows that among parents of children under six, nearly one in 10 have had to change work schedule due to a lack of available child care. Another seven per cent have had to reduce their hours, and six per cent have postponed their return to work.

7 surprising things that could change the job market by 2030

Everyone expects automation and other technological advances to eliminate some jobs and create others. But Canadian futurists say there's a much wider range of trends that could influence the types of skills that are likely to be in demand in the future.

Millennials are on a quest to find meaningful work — and they're willing to take less pay to get it

One survey found that Canadian office workers would give up an pay raise of more than $9,000 annually if it meant that they could do work that's more meaningful to them.

Most Canadians are unhappy with their salaries, survey finds

Research conducted on behalf of job site Indeed Canada found that only 13 per cent of Canadians are comfortable with their salaries, and that more than half plan to ask for a raise in 2019.