Bad Jobs Are Making Us Sick

Temporary, part-time and other precarious types of work have been increasing three times faster than permanent, stable jobs. Studies show that people in insecure jobs earning low wages and without benefits have the worst health outcomes. According to World Health Organization, “insecure jobs harm health, even more than unemployment.” Women, racialized communities and immigrants are most affected. It is time to consider insecure jobs as serious risk factors to health of Canadians and join forces to promote policies and pathways to good jobs. 

Insecure jobs are on the rise not just in the private sector, but also within the broader public sector (healthcare, education, childcare, settlement, community, and social service agencies). A survey conducted by Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration of 3,500 non-profit organizations in Ontario found that less than half of the people working in the sector had full-time jobs. We call on leaders within public sector to champion an internally driven change movement to reverse this unhealthy trend. In our infographic poster you will find five tangible steps we can take to build good jobs, starting from your agency.

To kickstart the process, Access Alliance is adopting an agency-level Good Jobs Strategy to put these five steps into practice. We call on other agencies to do the same.

Two new evidence-based films making the connection between employment security and health

Bad Jobs are Making Us Sick from Access Alliance on Vimeo.

This evidence-based film draws on research participant quotes to tell a powerful story of how insecure jobs affect individuals and families. It was collaboratively written and produced as part of Access Alliance’s Knowledge to Action Initiative.


Just Wait for our Call: The impact of temp agency work on health
from Access Alliance CBR on Vimeo.

This film picks up on a theme from research by the Income Security, Race, and Health group — the role of temp agencies in insecure employment. Drawing on interviews with temp agency workers, advocates, researchers and service providers, the film calls on policymakers to take urgent action. Collaboratively planned and produced by the community Knowledge to Action Leaders.