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Since the mid-1950s, the Canadian government has increasingly relied on precarious and/or temporary migrant workers to meet a growing demand for care work. Restrictive immigration policies and programs that promise a pathway to permanent residency but place limitations on workers’ rights and freedoms have led to the creation of a highly vulnerable workforce that is subject to working in low-wage and undervalued sectors with few protections.
This report, titled No Nova Scotian Should Have to Work Sick, The Urgent Need for Universal and Permanent Paid Sick Leave Legislation, examines the need for paid sick leave in Nova Scotia and what it should look like.
Halifax, NS—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia released the report No Nova Scotian Should Have to Work Sick, The Urgent Need for Universal and Permanent Paid Sick Leave Legislation, authored by a team of researchers at Acadia University. While there has been some movement on paid sick leave in different jurisdictions in Nova Scotia, as discussed in this report, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the lack of access to paid sick leave to the forefront of public policy debates.
This report examines the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the BC job market and on different groups of workers a year into the pandemic. It reviews key economic and employment trends to track how the COVID-19 recession unfolded in BC and looks at how different sectors, communities and workers have been impacted.  
VANCOUVER — Some job creation can be expected when BC moves to the next stage of reopening the economy in July, but labour market data show that in order to have an inclusive recovery significant inequities must be addressed, a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC Office warns.
(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).
"It is certainly driven by young people,” Martin O’Hanlon, the president of CWA Canada told Kevin Philipupillai for his feature article on the Alphabet Workers' Union. “The new generation that are coming up have a different sense of what’s right, and they’re more sensitive to the fact that if their coworkers aren’t being respected for their diversity and their differences, that they’ve got to stand up and fight for that.”

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