Understanding Precarity in BC

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This groundbreaking report shows precarious work in BC is far more pervasive than many assume.
VANCOUVER — Amid the rapid surge of BC's gig or "platform-based" economy, 61 leading experts in labour law, policy and economics are urgently calling on the provincial government to enforce stronger protections for gig workers. They also insist on mandating platform-based companies to fulfill the same labour and fiscal responsibilities as traditional employers.
The rise of the “gig economy” and on-demand work through platforms like Uber has ignited public debate about precarious work and what makes a “good job.” Policymakers have been slow to respond, partly because the lack of data on the scale and impacts of precarious work makes it easier to skate around the issues. 
Understanding employment precarity in BC
The rise of the ‘gig economy’ and on-demand work using online platforms like Uber and Skip the Dishes has ignited public debate about precarious work and what makes a “good job.” Precarious work is not a new phenomenon, nor is it limited to the gig economy—but we don’t know just how widespread a problem it has become, mainly because Statistics Canada does not collect timely data on many of its dimensions.
(Vancouver) A six-year initiative to study the impacts of precarious work on the lives of British Columbians kicks off today, with the announcement of a $2.5 million Partnership Grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).