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The State of Private Sector Electronic Labour Exchange Services in Canada


  • Andrew Sharpe


  • Alexander Murray



This report has two aims. The first is to provide a descriptive overview of the services offered by private sector electronic labour exchanges (ELEs) in Canada. The second is to assess those services in terms of their likely effects on labour market matching, their accessibility, and the degree to which they satisfy the needs of all Canadian jobseekers and employers. The report finds that there is a robust private sector in ELE services in Canada. The private sector provides a broader range of services than the main public sector alternative, Job Bank. However, there are key areas in which the private sector does not deliver adequate services. The public sector, through Job bank, can take the lead in providing specialized job-search services tailored toward groups with unique labour market needs.

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  • Andrew Sharpe & Alexander Murray, 2011. "The State of Private Sector Electronic Labour Exchange Services in Canada," CSLS Research Reports 2011-01, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:resrep:1101

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    1. Manuel F. Bagues & Mauro Sylos Labini, 2009. "Do Online Labor Market Intermediaries Matter? The Impact of AlmaLaurea on the University-to-Work Transition," NBER Chapters,in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 127-154 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Alice O. Nakamura & Kathryn L. Shaw & Richard B. Freeman & Emi Nakamura & Amanda Pyman, 2009. "Jobs Online," NBER Chapters,in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 27-65 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Betsey Stevenson, 2009. "The Internet and Job Search," NBER Chapters,in: Studies of Labor Market Intermediation, pages 67-86 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Andrew Sharpe, 2009. "Best Practices In Labour Market Information: Reccomendations for Canada's LMI System," CSLS Research Reports 2009-05, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
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    labour market matching; electronic labour exchange services; private sector; public sector;

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    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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