Part-Time Work Growth Dwarfs Full-Time Job Creation In Ontario

“Young people need … a partner ready to fight for paid internships, training opportunities and better work opportunities that can lead to good, stable jobs.” –                                          Ontario NDP employment critic Catherine Fife

A Commentary on the State of the Job Scene from Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Posted February 13th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario's Wynne government circulated a media release this February 1oth, boasting that this past January 28,8000 jobs were created in the province. Nowhere in the release did it say that a majority of those jobs were part-time.

Ontario’s Wynne government circulated a media release this February 1oth, boasting that this past January 28,8000 jobs were created in the province. Nowhere in the release did it say that a majority of those jobs were part-time.

Queen’s Park – According to this month’s Labour Force Survey, of the 28,800 jobs created in Ontario in January, 23,500 were part-time.  This continues the disturbing trend, identified in the 2016 year end jobs figures released last month, which shows dramatic increase in part-time, precarious work in this province – numbers the NDP says show that while the cost of living in Ontario is rising fast, families’ incomes aren’t.

The new employment numbers released by Statistics Canada Friday show the unemployment rate in Ontario is stagnant at 6.4, while the Canadian unemployment rate decreased only slightly.

 “The alarmingly poor ratio of part-time jobs to full-time jobs being created in Ontario is really telling a story that too many Ontarians already know,” said NDP Employment critic Catherine Fife. “You can’t put food on the table and pay the hydro bill on part-time work. We need more jobs you can raise a family on.”

January 2017 was also a bad month for young people in Ontario.  Youth unemployment has risen dramatically in the space of just one month, up 1.5% from December and up 2.1% over this month last year.

 “Young people need an economic development partner in the provincial government.  They need a partner ready to fight for paid internships, training opportunities and better work opportunities that can lead to good, stable jobs,” continued Fife.

“Bill 39, the NDP’s plan to massively increase work-integrated learning opportunities is a great first step in addressing youth unemployment, and we’ll continue to push for that when MPPs return to Queen’s Park next week.”

To see the Ontario Wynne givernment’s media release on jobs created this past January, click on – https://news.ontario.ca/medg/en/2017/02/ontario-adds-28800-jobs-in-january.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=m .

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One response to “Part-Time Work Growth Dwarfs Full-Time Job Creation In Ontario

  1. Each and every day I turn on the TV to see “STUPID” Ads depicting incidents that baffles sanity Ads placed by the Ontario Provincial Government in an effort to hopefully baffle the electorate into believing they care a damn about our welfare. This group at Queens Park, the Liberals should start looking for NEW EMPLOYMENT maybe one of these PART time jobs the Liberals boast about.
    There will be NO Electoral reform by the CORPORATE PROVINCIAL LIBERALS or the CORPORATE PROVINCIAL CONSERVATIVE because they NEED ‘FIRST PAST THE POST” to CONTROL the masses.

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