Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Report, 2020
Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth

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Release date: October 20, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth

Description: Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth

Gross Domestic Product per capita

In 2019, Canada’s GDP per person was $55,660

Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), GDP per person, calculated using dollar units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Year GDP per person
2000 47,172
2002 48,402
2004 49,872
2006 51,803
2008 52,321
2010 51,193
2012 52,636
2014 54,277
2016 54,154
2018 55,538

Note: Amounts are in Chained (2012) dollars.

Sources: Statistics Canada, tables 36-10-0104-01, 36-10-0222-01 and 17-10-0005-01.

Youth NEET

In 2019, 11.3% of young people aged 15 to 29 were not in employment, education or training (NEET)

62% of NEET youth were inactive (not looking for work) in 2019

38% of NEET youth were unemployed (looking and available for work) in 2019

Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, custom tabulation, for the first three months of 2019.

Unemployment rates

Canada’s official unemployment rate was 5.7% in 2019

The unemployment rate for women was 5.3% in 2019, compared with 6.0% for men

Source: Statistics Canada, table 14-10-0087-01.

Average wages

In 2019, the average hourly wage rate was $29.56

  • Men: $31.07 per hour
  • Women: $27.78 per hour

On average, women earned 89 cents for every dollar earned by men

Note: Average hourly wages of full-time employees.

Source: Statistics Canada, table 14-10-0340-01.

Community Spotlight

Aunt Leah’s Place is a Canadian charity that supports youth in foster care find sustainable employment and avoid chronic homelessness as well as housing and guidance for mothers in need. They provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills. In 2019, it helped 349 people access emergency food and clothing, help with resumes and job searches, and guidance in finding suitable housing while providing 3,738 meals or grocery hampers and 2,144 transit tickets to youth.

Source: Aunt Leah’s Place

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