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These are challenging and confusing times for graduates trying to find meaningful employment in today’s workplace and their parents. The same goes for experienced people who are losing what they thought were steady jobs and trying to find new jobs in a workplace they don’t...
This is the first report from 'Brave New Work', a 3-year initiative focused on the changing nature of work and its implications for Canadians. It considers the training landscape, looking at Canada's strengths and weaknesses and reviewing training models from around the world.
Social scientists adopted the term ‘precarity’ to describe states of employment that do not have the security or benefits enjoyed in more traditional employment relationships. These precarious employment relationships are becoming the ‘new normal’ for our workforce.
In its 2007 report, Losing Ground ,...
The Generation Effect tells the story of a generation whose hopes and dreams are shaped by an economy that no longer provides the job and income security that their parents and grandparents experienced. It is a story of the game of life getting harder, not...
This paper outlines several features of the data-driven economy that have a significant impact on economic policy frameworks.
Who is fearful of automation and what do they want politicians to do about it? This paper finds a correlation between Canadians’ fear of job losses from automation and populist and nativist views—but also that Canadians favour traditional government policy approaches to job disruption, such...
Analysis shows that workers in the gig economy tend to have lower wages than employees. They also often miss out on a number of other benefits. Further, their classification as independent contractors has implications on their tax status and superannuation. This research note examines how...
This report argues that gaps in Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program are already leaving too many workers behind as gig work, part-time jobs and self-employment grow. EI needs to be modernized now to support Canadians as they transition to an economy and labour market disrupted...
In the automation age, women face new challenges overlaid on long-established ones. Automation could displace millions from their jobs; many others will need to change the way they work. Worldwide, 40 to 160 million women may need to transition across occupations. If women cannot transition,...
This survey report aims to fill the gap surrounding international comparable data on perceptions on the future work.