Why precarious workers need more support — during COVID-19 and beyond

The gig is up

Why It Matters

Part-time and gig workers are holding up our communities through COVID-19, and yet both employers and the federal government have largely left these workers out of support measures. Gaps in social support for these workers have long existed and needed closing — but the pandemic is highlighting their urgency.

This story was originally published on First Policy Response

The experiences of many gig workers during the COVID-19 pandemic highlight how much work remains to ensure Canada’s social safety net is broadly inclusive and fair. A range of independent contractors, part-time, self-employed and temporary workers have suddenly been thrust into essential roles as our normal routines have ground to a halt. Delivery drivers,

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