This new report presents a fresh accounting of the state of Ontario’s labour market and calls for a strategic overhaul.

“Working Better:  Creating a High-Performing Labour Market in Ontario” was written by Tom Zizys, a Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation, a private family foundation invested in building a just, healthy, and creative society.

The report takes a look back over the past thirty years, describing a profound alteration in our labour market system. Â

A thorough historical review and present-day analysis underline a significant change in the thinking and practices that define how work is organized and managed. Â

Zizys’ research indicates that the current system is not serving anyone.

  • Job seekers cannot find work in their chosen fields, are forced to compete against over-qualified candidates, or are limited to short-term, insecure roles.
  • Employees are stuck in dead-end jobs with little pay, no loyalty, no job security, no room for advancement, and an unclear career path forward.
  • Employers aren’t getting the people they need, aren’t keeping the ones they’ve got, and have low levels of productivity.

What motivated Zizys to undertake the research was a disconnect he saw between what workers and employers were experiencing.

Go to the Metcalf Foundation website to download the report