Government of Ontario

Precarious Work Causing Stress and Sickness for Ontarians: MPP French

Published on March 22, 2017

Queen’s Park – During question period today, Oshawa MPP Jennifer French called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to address the damaging effects of precarious work on hardworking Ontarians and release the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review.

“Ontarians are working two and three part-time and piecemeal jobs without knowing when they’ll be scheduled next,” said French. “Job prospects are getting worse, wages are down and the cost of living keeps going up, but the Liberals aren’t willing to alleviate this stress and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”

MPP French’s question referenced a recent study commissioned by the Ontario Federation of Labour which found that precarious work environments cause increased stress and sickness for workers in Ontario.

“Hard-working Ontarians are stressed and they are becoming sick over unpredictable work schedules,” said French. “They deserve wages they can count on. They deserve hours that they can rely on, and they deserve schedules they can plan around.”

Past statements by the government claimed that the report would be released in the spring of 2017.

“Does the Premier have the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review? And if she does, what is she waiting for?”