Tuesday, Jul 16 2019


 The first discussion paper in our series exploring the shift from precarious employment to decent work. 

LPRC Co-chair, Sue Wilson, explores the larger structural drivers of precarious employment linking them to the the situation in London, Ontario. This paper highlights the historical changes and  macro trends in economic theory and  corporate practices which have underpinned the weakening of labour protections and job security over the last 40 years. Central to this discussion is the recognition that although the economy has been growing, the benefits of this growth has not translated into decent work and  security for many, but rather increases in CEO compensation and concentrated wealth.   

Download the paper here Why Are Workers Struggling in Good Times and Bad?

Original research on precarious employment in London.

Linked to a broader research project exploring precarious employment across southwestern Ontario, this presentation draws on data from London exploring the prevalence and correlates of precarious employment. Findings show that nearly 50% of working Londoners are in jobs that can be defined as precarious or vulnerable and that people in these types of employment are more likely to experience poor health, family problems, and financial stress. 

Check out this video of the follow up discussion about peoples lived experience of precarious employment in London. The Spectrum of Precarious Employment - Event Recap

Download this presentation here: Setting the Scene: Precarious Employment in London Ontario

Social Assistance, Employment, and Income Trends

This extensive report prepared by some of the leading experts in the field at King's University College lays out recent demographic and economic trends that have shed light on the context of living with low-income and on social assistance in Southwestern Ontario. The in depth data on London's social assistance and low income trends is particularly useful for advocacy and mobilization for those interested in reducing systemic processes of poverty.  


Download the paper at the following link: An Overview of Recent Demographic and Economic Trends Impacting Low Income and Social Assistance Use in London




An overview of Employment and Population Trends in Southwestern Ontario

In this report, Dr Don Kerr, examines the 10 year period between 2005 - 2015 analyzing employment and population trends across Ontario. Findings show that between 2005-2015 the number of full time jobs in London declined by 5400 (-2.6%), while the number of part time jobs increased by 8100 (+17%) jobs. This research provided a backbone for further investigating the meaning and correlates of precarious employment in London. 

Download the report at the following link: London's Lost Decade: Placing Recent Employment Data into Context (2005-2015)  



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