Senior Economist


Bulletin No. 2023-06
Senior Economist
Social, Economic & Policy Department
Ottawa, Ontario

Internal Deadline: March 22, 2023

External Deadline: March 31, 2023

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is the largest labour organization in Canada, bringing together dozens of national and international unions, provincial and territorial federations of labour and community-based labour councils to represent more than 3 million workers across the country.

Our staff are a team of dynamic professionals dedicated to growing worker power and ensuring every working person has a voice on the job. When you work at the CLC, you’re more than just an individual employee — you’re helping to lead a movement.

The Canadian Labour Congress has a vacancy for a Senior Economist within the Social, Economic and Policy department (SEP), based at our HQ office in Ottawa, Ontario. This position involves working on economic issues in close co-operation with the Social and Economic Policy Director and staff, the Political Action & Communications department as well as other CLC departments, researchers from CLC affiliated unions, and researchers and advocates from the progressive policy community.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying, monitoring and analyzing economic trends and issues;
  • Briefing CLC Officers and other labour leadership on economic issues;
  • Preparing briefs, research and policy papers, and background materials and speaking notes for CLC Officers and other leadership;
  • Preparing popular education materials;
  • In coordination with the Political Action & Communications Department, conducting media interviews where technical and expert opinion is required;
  • Supporting the Political Action & Communications department in quickly responding to Economic issues of the day
  • Representing the CLC in meetings with affiliated unions, industry and government representatives and in public forums;
  • Responsible for, but not limited to, policy areas including labour market analysis, international trade and macroeconomic policy.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • a graduate level degree in economics or political economy (or, as an exception, significant research and policy analysis experience as well as a publication record which clearly demonstrates a similar level of knowledge and expertise);
  • solid quantitative skills including the ability to work with microdata files, knowledge of Excel and SPSS, and good knowledge of Statistics Canada economic and social surveys and databases;
  • a demonstrated understanding of economic policy issues from a critical labour perspective, and a particular interest in international economic issues and in Canadian political economy;
  • an ability to communicate analysis and issues clearly in written form to a range of audiences, including public officials and policymakers, and union activists;
  • the ability to deliver accessible presentations and educational workshops to large groups, and speak to a wide array of audiences;
  • an ability to produce clear written work on complex issues to deadlines and to work cooperatively with colleagues;
  • the ability to integrate a feminist and anti-racist perspective into union work;
  • the ability to travel both domestically and internationally;
  • experience as a researcher/analyst in a union and/or progressive policy organization is an asset;
  • the ability to work in both English and French is an asset;
  • the ability to work with SPSD/M is an asset; and
  • occasionally, weekend and evening work may be required.

The annual starting salary for this position is $109,956.30, plus applicable benefits under the collective agreement of the IAMAW, Local Lodge 3111 CULR. This includes generous health, vision, and dental benefits, group life insurance and LTD coverage, pension, as well as a monthly vehicle allowance and coverage for fuel, internet, and cell phone.

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing how your qualifications match the above requirements to the attention of Lori McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, via email: by March 22, 2023, for internal candidates, and March 31, 2023, for external candidates. Please quote Bulletin 2023-06 in your application.

Note: The CLC will complete its internal hiring process prior to proceeding with external candidates. While we appreciate all applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Canadian Labour Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Members of equity seeking groups are encouraged to self-identify. Women, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and Indigenous workers are encouraged to apply for this position.