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Monday, January 25 • 13:00 - 13:45
Building Back Better: How Work Needs to Change for Good After COVID

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Governments, employers and unions must all work urgently to address several critical weaknesses in Canada’s employment laws and policies to ensure the post-COVID re-opening of the economy can be safe and sustained. This presentation will consider specific ways jobs need to be protected and strengthened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down large sections of the national economy. It will take years to rebuild the quantity of work back up to a level that fully occupies Canadian workers; at the same time we need to repair some obvious and damaging flaws in the quality of work, if we want that re-opening to last and succeed.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding specific areas for improving work: protections for people working from home; limits on multiple job-holding; and other precarious work practices
  • How to achieve an expansion of public sector jobs; more comprehensive income support; and better wages for low-wage essential workers
  • Developing stronger mechanisms of worker representation to ensure safe practices

Speakers | Conférenciers
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Jim Stanford

Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work
Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He divides his time between Vancouver, BC, and Sydney, Australia. Jim is one of Canada’s best-known economists. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector... Read More →


Monday January 25, 2021 13:00 - 13:45 EST