The Canadian Press is reporting that Quebec’s Environment Minister Benoit Charette made the announcement on Monday at the COP15 Youth Summit, taking place along side the UN Biodiversity Conference which opens Tuesday December 6th in Montreal.
The Quebec government is updating its list of threatened or vulnerable species for the first time in more than a decade, with 27 species either added or deemed in greater danger.
Among the 16 species being upgraded to threatened are the western chorus frog, the little brown bat and the rusty-patched bumblebee.
Another 11 species are being labelled as vulnerable including the two-spotted ladybug, the fin whale, the water snake and the bobolink, a songbird.
Just last month the Government of Canada set bold immigration targets for the next three years, however Saskatchewan has set a target of only 1.4 million residents, which it hopes to reach by the end of the decade.
Canadian farmers reported producing more wheat, canola, barley, corn for grain, soybeans, and oats in 2022 compared with 2021. Higher production was largely driven by better yields, especially in western Canada where growing conditions were generally more favourable than in 2021.
Employment was little changed (+10,000) in November, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage points to 5.1%.
Employment was up among women in the core working ages of 25 to 54, and declined among young men aged 15 to 24. It was little changed among the other main demographic groups. The employment rate among core-aged women reached a new record high of 81.6% in November.
Employment rose in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing; manufacturing; as well as in information, culture, and recreation. At the same time, it fell in several industries, including construction and wholesale and retail trade.
While employment increased in Quebec, it declined in five provinces, including Alberta and British Columbia.
Year-over-year growth in the average hourly wages of employees remained above 5% for a sixth consecutive month in November, up 5.6% (+$1.71 to $32.11) compared with November 2021 (not seasonally adjusted).
After increasing 0.7% in October, total hours worked were little changed in November. Compared with 12 months earlier, total hours worked were up 1.8%.
In November 2022, more than 1 in 10 (11.2%) workers were employed in the retail trade industry (not seasonally adjusted).
One-third (33.5%) of workers aged 25 to 54 in Canada engaged in some form of training outside of the formal education system over the last 12 months, by participating in courses, seminars, conferences, or private lessons (not seasonally adjusted).