SSHRC grant - Understanding Precarity in BC: A Multidimensional Approach

July 08, 2019

A Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage grant has been awarded to the SFU Labour Studies Program in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office to carry out research on precarity in British Columbia. The project, entitled 'Understanding Precarity in BC: A Multidimensional Approach', will recieve the funding for 12 months.

“It is exciting to partner with the CCPA to develop a research and policy agenda around addressing precarity in and beyond employment in BC. It is an area we don’t know enough about in our province.” - Dr. Kendra Strauss, Director, SFU Labour Studies Program.

About this project

This project is a partnership between the SFU Labour Studies Program and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The aim is to explore the forms and impacts of precarious employment in BC, and to address knowledge gaps about precarity in the province. Other studies, such as the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) project, have revealed that people in precarious employment are more likely to face economic insecurity, insecure housing, struggles with work-life balance and family relationships, and negative health-related impacts. At the same time, factors like insecure housing or precarious legal status may also affect a person's ability to access secure employment. This project will help build the body of research on precarity, and address key knowledge gaps including dimensions of precarity in non-urban communities.

About SSHRC partnership engage grants

These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.