NDP MP Ashton concludes National Precarious Work Consultation with groundbreaking call to action

OTTAWA­—NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski) is challenging the federal government to tackle the emerging precarious work crisis faced by Canadians who belong to the Millennial generation.

At a press conference this morning, Ashton unveiled a call to action that reflects what she learned during months of consultations across Canada and a first-of-its-kind forum on precarious employment that she hosted on Parliament Hill in October. By working to create good jobs with fair wages, improving our social safety net, supporting our families, and
improving access to
postsecondary education, Canadians have told Ashton and the NDP that there is hope for the Millennial generation.

“Precariously-employed Canadians are on the front line of growing inequality in Canada. I have heard blunt, and often emotional stories about the hopelessness felt by young Canadians who are struggling without knowing when it’s going to get better,” said Ashton. “It is clear that Millennials reject the idea that we have to accept precarity as being inevitable.”

As the gap between Canada’s ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ continues to grow, Millennial Canadians are searching for solutions to systemic challenges like skyrocketing tuition fees and student debt, the spread of low-wage employment and unpaid internships, weakened social programs that could ease precarious situations, and a lack of support for young families.

Ashton’s call to action is a challenge to the federal government to act on four core areas that are at the heart of growing Millennial inequality: jobs and employment, social programming, family supports, and access to postsecondary education. The federal government must act to start turning the tide and ending Canada’s Millenial precarious work crisis.

“Millennials are calling on the federal government to act,” added Ashton. “With the right federal leadership, we can make the bold choices needed to tackle rising precarity among Millennials and put a stop to growing inequality in Canada."