Terry Sheehan’s Proposed Legislation on Precarious Work in Canada Moves Forward

Terry Sheehan MP

Ottawa, ON – Earlier today in the House of Commons, MP Terry Sheehan concluded the debate  on his Private Members Motion (M-194), asking parliamentarians to examine the needs and indicators of precarious workers in Canada in order to apply effective supports for all Canadians.

The Motion proposes to have the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) be mandated to undertake work with the goal of developing a definition of precarious employment, and to further identify how precarious employment affects both the economy and the lives of Canadians.

Sheehan first introduced his Motion in November of 2018.  Having been a member of the special Pay and Equity committee in Ottawa, Sheehan heard testimony from Canadians all across the country and the indication of precarity in employment was a common theme.

“Tackling precarious employment is part of my ongoing efforts in improving the quality of life for my constituents and all Canadians.  Since the first hour of debate at the end of November, I have learned even more about Canadians thoughts on precarious employment.  The diversity of experiences and different points of views is at the heart of why Canada requires a standard definition on Precarious Employment and its specific indicators.” – Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

A vote of recorded division on Motion-194 will take place next Wednesday February 27, 2019.  If the Motion is successfully voted forward by Members of the House of Commons the work on M-194 will continue in committee.