Precarious employment

Technological change and automation are changing the way we think about careers. These shifts are leading to a more innovative culture, but more Canadians are also facing rising precarity in their jobs.

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One of the most pressing shifts in the labour market today is the growing problem of precarious work. A mounting body of evidence suggests that an increasing share of Canada’s most vulnerable are employed in situations with low pay, few protections and facing enormous unpredictability in both hours of work and wages. Yet, due to a lack of hard data, it is not exactly clear how many Canadians are truly affected.

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We explore the existing data to see what it reveals about those at risk of being precariously employed and discuss why this is such an important issue facing Canadians today.