PEPSO Conference Recap

The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO), McMaster UniversityUnited Way Greater TorontoUnited Way Halton & Hamilton and Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton hosted a full day conference that examined the impacts of precarious employment and solutions to this major trend.

This symposium covered new research into precarious employment and its social costs, released in a collection called Getting Left Behind: Who gained and who didn't in an improving labour market. The report is based on survey data from 2011 - 2017 and confirms that "precarious employment continues to be widespread and it has negative social and economic costs, which makes it hard for people to build stable, secure lives." (2018, PEPSO, p. 18). Findings also suggest that when it comes to landing a secure job this growing economy, gender, race and whether one has an undergraduate degree or not determines whether or not you'll get left behind.


Conference presentations contextualize employment precarity and its root causes, illustrated how precarious employment is created amongst different populations, and described the accompanying social impacts on racialized immigrant women, those in the non-profit sector, temporary foreign workers, and the children of Filipino immigrants, amongst others.

In the afternoon, LPRC Centre Coordinator Michael Courey joined the panel on "The Employment Precarity Index Beyond the GTHA: Precarious Employment in Canada." An excerpt of that talk is shown in the video above.