Quality of Life, or Quality of Work? The Great Resignation in Ontario

The Great Resignation is a phrase that describes record numbers of people leaving their jobs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Many labour market observers see the Great Resignation as a once-in-a-generation change to the way workers find a better work-life balance. Indeed, the Great Resignation is viewed by many as one of the major factors behind our ongoing labour shortages. While the Great Resignation remains an ongoing narrative, recently some U.S. studies have cast doubt on the nature and depth of the Great Resignation.

This paper, using Canadian Labour Force Survey (LFS) data, seeks to determine whether the phenomenon occurred in Ontario.


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Labour Market Insights

Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy and TWIG partnered in 2022-2023 to create a labour market tool that can be used not only by adult literacy and language programs but also their learners to find relevant and up-to-date information about the labor market, help with making informed decisions about employment, developing job search skills, preparing for the workplace, and customized learning. The tool was developed in consultation with adult learners and practitioners and includes real-time data on employment trends in Toronto, along with suggestions on how LMI can be used.

The LMI tool can be downloaded here, or you can access it at: The Labour Market Information will be updated on a quarterly basis.

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Toronto Then & Now: Census Infograhpics

Toronto Then & Now Census Infographics

Every five years, Canadians are invited to participate in the census to help paint a portrait of Canada's diverse population and the places where we live. The Census of Population provides high-quality information on key socioeconomic trends and analysis that helps Ontario and the City of Toronto to make important decisions that affect our families, our neighbourhoods and our businesses.

This infographic celebrates the release of Toronto’s 2021 Census data by comparing our labour force of today with what it looked like 100 years ago.


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The accuracy of the information presented based on job posting data depends, in part, on whether jobs are categorized into the correct industries. In some cases, job postings may be incorrectly attributed to a sector grouping and the data should be interpreted with caution.

All industry and occupational data is for Toronto Census Municipal Area (Toronto CMA) unless noted.

We welcome the use and sharing of the research data contained in our reports, articles and website, with attribution to “Toronto Workforce Innovation Group (TWIG)” as your source.

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