Work

We suggest:

  • Human beings were made to work.
  • Government policies should incentivize work.
  • Everyone should have access to work and should receive just compensation for their labour, enabling them to have access to productive leisure.
  • All work has dignity.
  • The state, the market, and civil society (particularly institutions like unions) should work together to encourage just and meaningful work.

Supporting Research

The Building Meaning Project Paper and Recommendations
Start Here
Ray Pennings, Brian Dijkema
November 19, 2014
A social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country. This culminating document of the Building Meaning project includes the Building Meaning in the Skilled Trades background paper, and our final series of recommendations for industry and labour stakeholders; educational institutions; governments; and researchers.
Work is About More Than Money
Brian Dijkema, Morley Gunderson
December 17, 2019
There is a large hole in our public talk about work and wages. Reviewing the latest research, "Work is About More Than Money" uncovers the personal, social and psychological costs of unemployment. It identifies the missing pieces in our thinking and policymaking about labour to show why it is urgent to attend to the non-monetary benefits of work.
Canada’s New Working Class
Sean Speer, Sosina Bezu, Renze Nauta
September 29, 2022
Canada’s New Working Class offers leaders a contemporary, modern understanding of the 6.5 million Canadians who are in the working class. One key finding is that members of Canada’s working class are as likely to be women or recent immigrants in sales or service jobs as they are to be men doing blue-collar, mostly unionized, manufacturing work. Canada's New Working Class busts stereotypes and outlines a true, inclusive working-class agenda.

Explorations

People over Profits: Holding Up Human Values Against Market Values
September 10, 2021
Join Mark Carney and Fr. Raymond de Souza as they sit down for a conversation on Mark’s latest book, Value(s): Building a Better World For All.
Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
Labours of Love
Comment
Jeffrey Bilbro
May 20, 2021
Cultivating grounds for hope and good work.

Media Coverage

More Urgency Needed for Economic Reconciliation
The Globe & Mail
September 30, 2022
"There are gaps in employment, income and education between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians," reports the Globe & Mail's Wendy Stueck. "A September report by the faith-based think tank Cardus found limited progress in those areas since 2008, when the federal government apologized for the residential school system." Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash
Why Are Lucrative Skilled Trades a Tough Sell to Young People?
London Free Press
September 30, 2022
The trades have traditionally been seen as "what the kids who don’t make it to university do,” Brian Dijkema, Vice-President of External Affairs at Cardus, tells the London Free Press. But that cultural narrative is thankfully changing. Photo by Emmanuel Ikwuegbu on Unsplash   
The Working Class Isn’t Who You Think It Is
The Hub
September 29, 2022
"There’s been a major shift in the type of jobs that working-class Canadians do. The old image of blue-collar men on the manufacturing assembly line is no longer representative," writes Sean Speer, who co-authored the Cardus report Canada's New Working Class. Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash 

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