What could the Government of Canada do to reduce precarious employment and create good jobs?

Liberal MP for Sault Ste. Marie Terry Sheehan has introduced a motion calling on the federal government to develop a definition of precarious employment.

While not a substitute for action to reduce precarity, defining and measuring insecurity at work is a potentially useful step. Insecure, under-paid work is a large and growing concern in Canada. Millions of workers in Canada, amounting to anywhere from one-third to one-half of the workforce, are directly affected by precarious work.

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The Canada Pension Plan, on new terrain

Around this time a year ago, we argued that provincial and federal governments in 2016 chose to transform rather than merely expand the Canada Pension Plan. With the publication of the financial sustainability regulations for the enhanced CPP benefit, the nature of that transformation has become clearer.

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Pre-Funded Pensions and Social Solidarity

When finance ministers agreed to expand the Canada Pension Plan in June 2016, they didn’t give Canadians a simple expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. In important respects, they created a new and different social security benefit. And that’s the way governments view it.

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