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25 Jan 2018

IRPP Event Video: In search of the next gig – A snapshot of precarious work in Canada today

January 25, 2018

What does precarious work look like in Canada today, and what is driving it? How should decision-makers address the loss of employment stability? Read More

24 Oct 2017

Are self-scanners taking over?

October 24, 2017

Sunil Johal discusses the broader context and implications of automating jobs such as retail cashiers. Read More

19 Oct 2017

Ontario is transitioning to a green economy. How can we ensure that decent work will be available?

October 19, 2017

Economies around the world are in transition as businesses, citizens and governments embrace new ways of generating growth that put less strain on the planet. Read More

11 Oct 2017

Video: Jobs in the Green Economy

October 11, 2017

Sunil Johal discusses Mowat and Smart Prosperity Institute’s Decent Work in the Green Economy report, released earlier that day.
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11 Oct 2017

AI arms race: The labour costs

October 11, 2017

Sunil Johal on a panel discussing how the rise of artificial intelligence could impact Canada’s workforce and what we need to do to ensure the transition doesn’t leave workers behind as the labour market evolves. Read More

Decent Work in the Green Economy

As Ontario and other provinces move toward a greener economy, policymakers should consider the implications of these changes on employment opportunities, and particularly opportunities for decent work. Decent Work in the Green Economy, a new report from the Mowat Centre and Smart Prosperity Institute, explores this challenge. The report identifies where workers might be vulnerable to disruption, and considers where policy intervention may be beneficial. Read More

10 Oct 2017

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Fixing Canada’s EI system is critical for the future of work

October 10, 2017 | By

Canada’s employment insurance (EI) system is a major plank of the country’s social architecture. However, the system, now 75 years old, is failing to meet its original intent. EI was established to protect workers against income loss while temporarily out of work and to provide access to job opportunities through training. In order to meet those objectives today, EI needs major reforms. Indeed, the shortfalls that exist in 2017 will only be amplified as the employment landscape continues to change significantly in the decades ahead. Read More

29 Jun 2017

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Future jobs: How we’ll earn a living 150 years from now

June 29, 2017 | By

Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality. Read More

27 Jun 2017

Video: What if you could take your benefits package with you?

June 27, 2017

Sunil Johal chats with Peter Armstrong about a portable benefits plan for Canadian workers. Read More

27 Jun 2017

What if you could take it with you?

June 27, 2017

A portable benefits scheme for all Canadian workers

Imagine it’s the year 2067.

Fifty years from now, what it means to work and have a career has changed entirely and Canada’s labour market is nearly unrecognizable. Innovation and investment have left the economy booming and labour productivity has hit a record high, but almost no one works in the once-standard nine-to-five form of employment. Read More