Among industrialized countries, Canada has the highest proportion of residents with a post-secondary education. Yet we also have the highest rate of post-secondary degree holders working in jobs earning half the median income or less. Precarious employment is rising and the income gap between well-paying jobs and entry-level jobs is widening. Although many external factors are contributing to these outcomes it is important to ask, are our workplace practices, labour market institutions, and the norms and values that shape our economic thinking supporting the interests of employers and employees in the most efficient and equitable way?
The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to invite you to the launch of a new study that examines these issues. Better Work: The path to good jobs is through employers, by Metcalf Innovation Fellow and labour market policy expert Tom Zizys, examines our labour market and challenges the popular notion that the threat to good jobs is inevitable.
In response to the current catalogue of troubling trends — from youth unemployment to increased income inequality — Better Work constructs a multi-dimensional comprehensive approach for redressing market dysfunctions and deficiencies. It outlines an integrated set of strategies to promote workforce development, strengthen the capacity of labour market intermediaries, and cultivate norms and values that together can create more equitable labour market outcomes.
Please join us Thursday, October 2 at 9:30 am, at Hart House Debates Room, for the launch. Tom Zizys will present key themes from his paper. He will be joined by two panelists: Gladys Okine, Senior Director, Mission Advancement & Corporate Partnerships of Goodwill Industries and Bill Young, founder and President of Social Capital Partners. They will respond to the paper and share how its ideas resonate in their own work. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A.
This is a free event, but please RSVP as space is limited.
If you require additional information please contact:
Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Adriana Beemans,
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-926-0366 x 224
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