Urban Workers

Urban workers are the backbone of Canada’s cities. But too many are being left behind with no access to a workplace pensions or benefits.


They are graphic designers and taxi drivers, office cleaners and clerks, carpenters and contract teachers. They are artists, personal support workers, entrepreneurs and cashiers.

For some, the best they can hope for is an unpaid internship. Thanks to a patchwork of lax labour laws, more than 100,000 young Canadians are working for no salary at all.

For others it is short-term contracts, part time work or self-employment with little protection and no job security. It doesn’t have to be this way.

A 30-second version of this video can be seen here.


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