Job quality and wellbeing in Canada: generating insights on the new world of work

Reasons for the study

Social and economic forces such as globalization, deindustrialization, deregulation, and declining union membership have contributed to a structural transformation of the labour market. Resulting changes in the nature and organization of work have prompted widespread concerns about the declining quality of jobs and the increasing prevalence of precarious employment. Often labelled the ‘new world of work’, these shifting labour market conditions have potentially vital implications for millions of workers across Canada. This study expands our understanding of the new world of work by exploring the nature of contemporary job quality and its consequences for wellbeing. Findings will inform the development of employment policies and programs with the aim of improving job quality, reducing labour market inequities, and promoting greater social and economic inclusion in Canada.

Objectives of the study

  • Present a contemporary portrait of job quality in Canada.
  • Examine the relationship between job quality and wellbeing.
  • Understand the contribution of job quality to social inequalities in wellbeing.

Target audience

MLITSD, Employment and Social Development Canada, Employers, Labour, Mental Health Agencies and Organizations

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)