Precarious Employment in Peterborough: Survey Results Are In

Written by Communications, May 15, 2018

First in Series of InfoBriefs Released Today

Almost two-thirds of local workers are precariously employed.  This is just one result found from a survey on the status of employment and working conditions in the Peterborough area which included the City and County of Peterborough and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.

In the fall of 2016, 800 residents were contacted by phone and asked a series of questions related to their employment.  Over the course of the last 16 months, the Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI) has been creating eight InfoBriefs on a variety of topics including: 1) an overview; 2) employment security; 3) working conditions; 4) employment and health; 5) employment and work stress; 6) employment precarity, income and household wellbeing; 7) employment precarity, income and children, and; 8) employment precarity, income and community participation.  These InfoBriefs will be released over the next two months.

Today, PERI released InfoBrief #1: An Overview which can be found at:

This work is supported by the Precarious Employment Research Initiative (PERI).  The goal is to identify how employment and working conditions are impacting the economic, social, physical and mental health of workers and their communities in the Peterborough Area.  The InfoBriefs are meant to be used to start conversations in our community, to help inform planning and development of programs and services, and to help shape public policies.

PERI is a collaborative project among many community partners interested in better understanding the employment and working conditions of workers in our community.  This project was initiated by Peterborough Public Health and expanded to include City of PeterboroughPeterborough and District Labour CouncilLiteracy Ontario Central SouthPeterborough Workers’ Action CentreTrent Community Research CentreUnited Way of PeterboroughWorkforce Development Board and Trent University psychology professor and researcher, Dr. Fergal O’Hagan with support from the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research project.


For further information about PERI:                                  To talk about the statistics:

Monique Beneteau, Health Promoter, PPH                                    Dr. Fergal O’Hagan, Trent University

705-743-1003 ext. 309                                                                         705-748-1011 ext. 7086