Vulnerable workers in the shadow economy: is there an app for that?

Non-standard or contingent forms of work are a growing feature of OECD economies. Katz and Krueger (2016), for instance, find that non-standard work arrangements (temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract company workers, and independent contractors or freelancers) accounted for all net employment growth in the U.S. economy between 2005 and 2015. Across the OECD, […]

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Who gets to decide the price of a bus ticket?

Will pension funds own and operate the next generation of mass transit in Canada? Like other large investment funds, pension funds in Canada and around the world have a lot of assets to put to work, and not enough attractive investment opportunities. This is intensifying pressure to get access to projects that historically have been […]

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How progressive is a basic income? left and labour perspectives

There’s been an enormous amount of recent interest in an old policy idea: a basic income guarantee (BIG), also known as a guaranteed annual income (GAI), guaranteed minimum income (GMI), citizens income, negative income tax (NIT), etc. The discussion below focuses on these proposals from a progressive labour perspective. It reviews positions Canadian unions have […]


Warning to Finance Ministers: leaving some workers out of an expanded CPP could boost precarious employment

Despite having had few good things to say about CPP expansion in the past, Business Council of Canada CEO John Manley and Chamber of Commerce CEO Perrin Beatty now grudgingly endorse a modest, targeted enhancement of the Canada Pension Plan.  But could a benefit enhancement targeted at modest income-earners lead to more temporary, part-time, and […]

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Newfoundland budget and public sector jobs

Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial 2016/17 budget will be tabled this afternoon and there’s concern about what it will include.  Everyone expects some tax and revenue hikes and spending cuts to deal with the deficit most recently forecast at $2.4 billion. There’s a lot of speculation about what the government will include in this budget.  Then there will be […]


Are better pensions coming to low-income workers in Ontario?

Will low-income workers get a chance to benefit from the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, as intended? Or could Ontario employers find a way to string employees along on jobs paying less than $3,500 a year, thereby avoiding having to contribute to the ORPP on their behalf? The answer is likely not — at least not […]


Why Benefits for Low-Income Seniors Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of CPP Expansion

Dean Connor, President and CEO of Sun Life Financial, received $7.7 million in compensation in 2014, double his payout from 4 years earlier, and enough to place him 50th on the list of top-paid CEOs in Canada. So it took a certain amount of chutzpa for Mr. Connor to tell the similarly well-heeled audience of […]

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