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Losing Ground

Sub Title: 
Income Inequality in Ontario, 2000–15
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Losing Ground: Income Inequality in Ontario, 2000–15
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32 pages
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This paper examines 15 years of income inequality for families raising children in Ontario (2000 to 2015), comparing it with national data for context, and finds several disturbing trends.

Media advisory: Economic experts available to comment on positive impact of minimum wage raise

Release Date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO – With a business lobby-led economic impact assessment on Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, due out this August, economic experts are available to discuss the findings upon release, as well as the decades of research on the impacts of raising the minimum wage.

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Demanding a Fair Share

Sub Title: 
Protecting Workers’ Rights in the On-Demand Service Economy
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Release Date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Demanding a Fair Share
Number of pages in documents: 
26 pages
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In this paper, Fay Faraday explores how to provide workers in the on-demand service economy protection under the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Acts. Ontario’s Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 – should provide protections to workers in precarious employment in the 21st century labour market. Workers in the on-demand service sector are at the forefront of both precarity and technological change. This paper provides guidance on how Bill 148 could be amended to extend protections to these workers.

How to make NAFTA sustainable, equitable

Global Affairs Canada is consulting Canadians on their priorities for, and concerns about, the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In CCPA’s submission to this process, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood point out how NAFTA has failed to live up to its promise with respect to job and productivity growth, and clearly has not shielded Canada from unilateral U.S. trade actions that hurt Canadian exports.

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Renegotiating NAFTA

Sub Title: 
CCPA submission to Global Affairs Canada on the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Submission to Global Affairs Canada on the renegotiation and modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Number of pages in documents: 
27 pages
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Global Affairs Canada is consulting Canadians on their priorities for, and concerns about, the planned renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In CCPA’s submission to this process, Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood point out how NAFTA has failed to live up to its promise with respect to job and productivity growth, and clearly has not shielded Canada from unilateral U.S. trade actions that hurt Canadian exports.

Ontario Needs a Raise

Sub Title: 
Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage?
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Release Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
Ontario Needs a Raise: Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage?
Number of pages in documents: 
18 pages
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The Ontario government has committed to raise its minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 then to $15 on January 1, 2019. This paper examines who in the province will get a "raise" from the $15 minimum wage, and finds it will largely benefit the province’s most marginalized—a broad and diverse swath of workers including contract, seasonal, and casual workers, part-time workers, women, and immigrants.

TiSA Troubles

Sub Title: 
Services, democracy and corporate rule in the Trump era
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Attached Document Title: 
TiSA Troubles: Services, democracy and corporate rules in the Trump era
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48 pages
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This study, co-published with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, examines the adverse impacts on public services and public interest regulation of the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), quietly being negotiated in Geneva by a group of 23 governments, including Canada. Senior CCPA trade researcher Scott Sinclair argues that under the guise of expanding international trade in services, TiSA will make it much harder for governments to regulate vital services such as energy, water, banking, transport and online services.