HR Microscope – February 2023

February 2023

Canada’s Biotech Sector Gets Boost with New Compensation Guide

BioTalent Canada released its 2022-23 National Compensation Guide for the bio-economy.

The eighth edition of the guide provides employers nationwide with updated compensation data for more than 50 individual roles within the biotechnology sector—with many roles now based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Canada’s bio-economy. Using this information, organizations can design recruitment and retention strategies that give them a competitive edge in the war for talent.

BioTalent Canada’s recent labour market research shows that more than 65,000 new biotech workers will be needed in Canada by the end of this decade. Areas where labour shortages are expected by 2029 include distribution and logistics, manufacturing and production, and management, finance and administrative jobs.

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New BioAccellerator to grow biomanufacturing capacity for Canada  

Charlottetown, PE – The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island today announced a $50 million investment in the BioAccelerator, the largest single investment in economic development infrastructure in PEI history. The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, and Premier Dennis King made the announcement in support of Canada’s Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences Strategy and the province’s strategic plan for the bioscience sector.

Spearheaded by the PEI BioAlliance, this new 75,000 sq. ft. biomanufacturing centre of expertise is unique in Canada in its design and service delivery components. It will enable Canadian bioscience companies to carry out research and new product development, process development, manufacturing scale up, as well as provide access to biopharmaceutical  manufacturing skills and training.

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Master of Management of Innovation (MMI) Program offered by the Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga 

The Master of Management of Innovation program attracts students with science, engineering and technology backgrounds. The program prepares students with the knowledge, skills and strategic perspectives required to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in economic analysis, technology management, business strategy, finance, accounting, marketing and policy. The required academic core courses focus on management and economics; students also select electives tailored to their interests and goals from a variety of areas including project management, business design, sustainability ethics and more.

Experiential learning is an integral part of the MMI program.  Each student must complete a mandatory 4 month summer internship in order to be eligible for graduation. The internship allows students to gain valuable, real-world work experience and an opportunity to demonstrate the key competencies the MMI program has taught them.

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Gowling WLG – A new era of employment law

Canada’s employment law landscape has entered a new era – one shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing advances in technology and a rethinking of the traditional employee-employer relationship.

From maintaining a remote workforce to translating new employee protections into company policy, Canadian employers must quickly contend with a slate of new responsibilities – and with them a number of complex legal questions.

Gowling WLG’s employment law resource hub is tailored to help employers navigate this transition effectively, providing them with the insights and tools they need to make informed policy decisions for their organizations and lead the next generation of workers with confidence.

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Leading Universities Adopt BioTalent Canada’s Skills Courses To Improve Student Job-Readiness

BioTalent Canada’s BioSkills Recognition Program has been updated with National Occupational Standards that allow new talent to distinguish themselves to prospective biotech employers.

The BioSkills Recognition Program enables bio-economy professionals who are new to Canada, university graduates, and experienced bio-economy workers to show employers that they have the skills needed to succeed within the biotech sector.

Now, the BioSkills Recognition Program has been enhanced with the inclusion of National Occupational Standards. These are a set of more than 50 standards for Canada’s bio-economy that have been recently validated by industry professionals and identify the skills, education, and experience needed to perform a specific role.

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$20,000 wage subsidy to make the bio-economy more diverse and inclusive

BioTalent Canada is now accepting nominations for its industry-leading Catalyst Award for Top New Hire.

The coveted award recognizes the achievements of young employees who are wage subsidy recipients in Canada’s burgeoning bio-economy. The award also spotlights employers that give these young minds an opportunity to grow and thrive.

Since the award was launch in 2015, the Catalyst Award for Top New Hire has shone a light on the positive impact students, new graduates, barriered youth, and Internationally Educated Professionals have when employers give them the opportunity to put their education and skills into practice.

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Hear from Industry Experts about what’s driving talent in Canada’s bio-economy 

Latest Episodes
Episode 7 – BioVectra on Forward-Thinking, Fast-Acting
Episode 6 – Brunel on Recruitment and Diversification Strategies
Episode 5 – Anessa on The Powerful Benefits of Diversity
Episode 4 – CleanSlate UV’s Approach to Solving Two Staffing Issues – Attraction & Diversification
Episode 3 – Applied Biological Materials Inc. on Scientific (and Talent) Discoveries
Episode 2 – EMILI on Growing the Digital Ag Eco-System AND Leaving No One Behind
Episode 1 – Health Cities: One part science, two parts human resources

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Ag-West Bio | BioNova | BIOQuébec | Business Wire | CASTL | Gowling WLG | HealthPartners | Life Sciences Ontario | McGovern Management Group Inc. | PEI BioAlliance | Life Sciences BC


BioAlberta | Bioenterprise Corporation Canada | Bioindustrial Innovation Canada | BioLAB Business | BioNB | Blue Branch |  Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) | Co-operative Education and Work- Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) | City of Mississauga | Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI) | Lumiio | McMaster Continuing Education | Montréal Invivo |  Northeastern University – Toronto Campus | Polytechnique Montréal | Toronto Metropolitan University | Science to Business Network | Seneca College | University of Calgary – Schulich School of Engineering | University of Manitoba | University of Toronto -Engineering Career Centre | University of Toronto – Master of Management of Innovation Program – University of Toronto – Scarborough | University of Victoria | University of Waterloo | Western University – Ivey Business School


BioBenefits | BIOTECanada | Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) | City of Toronto | Evolve Biologics | Glyconet | Medtech Canada | Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization | Pharma Chem Academy | Renewable Industries Canada

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AbCellera | BioConnect | Charles River Laboratories  | EMMES Canada  | eSight | Global Institute for Food Security | IMV-Inc. | Notch Therapeutics  | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute |  Providence Therapeutics | Resilience Biotechnologies | Sanofi |  Synaptive Medical | Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. | Zymeworks

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