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PEPSO’s reports have encouraged further research, policy debate and advocacy on key challenges faced by workers in precarious jobs in Southern Ontario.

 Public Policy Achievements

PEPSO research has been explicitly cited 29 times in federal government proceedings, 10 times in provincial government proceedings and 9 times in municipal government proceedings. In addition, precarious employment has been increasingly cited as an issue of concern during federal and provincial government proceedings. PEPSO’s reports have made an impact on public policy: the former Ontario Minister of Labour, Yasir Naqvi, cited PEPSO research when announcing Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. After the publication of It’s More than Poverty, Ontario launched a major review of employment and labour standards called the Changing Workplaces Review, citing the need to adapt our public policies to the new world of work. The Changing Workplaces Review has resulted in proposed legislation – Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

 Further Research

PEPSO research has also encouraged further research and debate on key challenges faced by workers in precarious jobs in Southern Ontario.

  • The PEPSO survey is being replicated in London, Ontario by the London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s.
  • The PEPSO survey is also being replicated in the Niagara Region by the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock University and United Way Niagara Falls & Greater Fort Erie through the PEPiN project
  • In addition, researchers in jurisdictions both within Canada and outside of Canada have expressed interest in replicating this study.  

  Additional Impacts & Achievements

Employment Precarity Index used in granting
The Employment Precarity Index is being used by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help understand how much their employment services grantees are able to assist their clients.

September 2016
PEPSO Featured in McMaster University's Impacts Unpacked Series
PEPSO is used as a case study by McMaster University's Impacts Unpacked series to demonstrate best practices in turning research into action.

February 2016
Precarity Monster
With consultation from PEPSO research, the Toronto Public Library Workers Union (Local 4948) launches a campaign on precarious employment in the library system.

February 2014
United Way Toronto Receives Honourable Mention in 2014 Non Profit PR Awards
U.S.-based organization, PR News, recognizes top work in non profit communications. United Way Toronto's public relations work on It's More than Poverty was nominated in the category of Best External Publication or Report. Winners and honourable mentions were celebrated at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

August 2013
Knowledge to Action Initiative
PEPSO partner organization, Access Alliance, launches a campaign to build community capacity to use research evidence to advocate for change.