Motion on Precarious Work in Canada moves forward to Committee Stage

left-MP Terry Sheehan, right- Allyson Schmidt of Sault Ste. Marie

Earlier today, MP Terry Sheehan’s 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, began at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities

The committee heard expert testimony from:

•     Katherine Lippel, Professor, Law Faculty, Civil Law Section, University of Ottawa

•     Allyson Schmidt, of Sault Ste. Marie on personal experience

·        Monique Moreau, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

•    Francis Fong, Chief Economist, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada,

•    Andrew Cardozo, President, Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy

“I am really pleased to have heard such detailed and knowledgeable testimony today.  It is apparent that having a foundation for the government to build policy, having the ability to develop accurate statistics and having fairness among organizations, employers and employees, is critical.” said,  Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

The witnesses provided informative and compelling material to the committee members.

Francis Fong, Chief Economist for the Chartered Accountants of Canada supported the premise of Sheehan’s Motion saying: “Defining precarious work is a required first step to getting accurate data.”

Sheehan has repeatedly said the need to start from a detailed, shared definition of precarious employment in Canada is the only way to create policy to effectively support Canadians.

Fong further commented “A definition [of precarious employment] must start with the problem that we need to solve, which is people bouncing in and out of poverty.”

Hearing today from Ms. Allyson Schmidt of Sault Ste. Marie at the committee meeting provided, firsthand account of the effects of precarious employment on women in single parent homes.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie for inviting me to address the Standing Committee…I am honoured and humbled to address this committee from my personal lived experience of precarious employment as a worker here in Canada.

“From personal experience, I can tell this committee that it places an unfair burden on workers, generates stress and creates many barriers to personal, financial and professional health, achievement and success.”

The study on Sheehan’s Motion continues Thursday April 4th hearing testimony from:

·        Basic Income Canada Network

•    C.D. Howe Institute

•    Canadian Chamber of Commerce

•    Canadian Labour Congress and;

•    Institute for Research on Public Policy


Sheehan first introduced his Motion in November of 2018.  On February 27, 2019, Sheehan’s Motion was passed unanimously by all members in the House of Commons, to move forward to the committee.


If you wish to provide input on Precarious Employment please do so by writing or emailing:

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 613-947-3089

Stephanie Feldman, Clerk of the Committee



  1. Get in all the photo ops you can Terry as they are coming to an end permanently for you and your cronies.

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