Urban Workers need security to thrive

"I love the freedom I have. I couldn't have helped start Bikesauce or make my stop motion animation movie if I didn't have the flexibility with my other work.

But health stresses me out. I don't go to the dentist as often as I should. I haven't gotten my prescription renewed for the last three pairs of glasses I've gotten. I've had a job with benefits once in my life. It was a three month gig and I had benefits for two days."


Prop-builder and co-founder of DIY community bike shop "bikeSauce"

With less and less of us in traditional employee positions, more of us are working on contract to earn a living. Some of us work on contract with big organizations, while others of us are self employed or freelance workers with many jobs and clients. We need to make sure the rules are fair for all workers.

Sometimes companies will force workers to be classified as independent contractors when by all definitions they are employees. This can mean less pay, lack of workplace benefits, no vacation or overtime pay, and being ineligible to access programs like EI.

For those that are self employed and working freelance, there are very few protections and benefits that can be accessed.

This makes work precarious when it doesn’t need to be. Government needs to recognize the changing nature of work and extend protection and benefits to contract workers.

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