What Makes a Good Job?

Written by admin, June 10, 2015

June 10, 2015 – Community Members Encouraged to Attend Good Jobs Summit on June 16

Ptbo Good Job SummitThe Peterborough Public Health and United Way Peterborough & District are teaming up to host a Good Jobs Summit for all community residents. The rise of precarious employment in Peterborough is a growing issue, and this free event will bring together local businesses, labour representatives and leading researchers to discuss this issue. The event will be held at the Peterborough Naval Association, 24 Whitlaw Road, on Tuesday, June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The summit will begin with presentations from Michelynn Lafleche of United Way Toronto, Sandra Dueck of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Kaylie Tiessen from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. They will discuss the current thinking and research regarding what constitutes a “good job”. There will also be a panel of workers who will discuss this issue as it relates to their experiences in the workforce. Following the presentations, participants will be invited to have group discussions to answer three questions: What are the characteristics of a good job? What are the barriers to getting a good job? What realistic actions need to be taken locally?

“Income is the greatest social determinant of health, so we’re hoping to engage the community in this important discussion so we can work collectively towards solutions,” explained Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra. “Good jobs equal good health. This means better quality jobs for local residents will create a healthier community for all.”

“The workplace is changing. New sectors and industries are emerging with many of the jobs being insecure and uncertain,” says Jim Russell, CEO United Way Peterborough & District. “We need to find a way to minimize the widespread growth of precarious employment and the negative effects it has on workers, families and our community. Together, we must define this call to action.”

The Good Jobs Summit is part of a national movement, which began in Toronto. A light supper will be served, and free child care will also be available. If you need child care for the event, or have dietary restrictions, please contact Joanne at 705-743-1000, ext. 316 by June 11. To sign up, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca and the Good Jobs Summit link on the home page will direct you to the Eventbrite registration page.


For further information, please contact:
Brittany Cadence
Communications Supervisor
Peterborough Public Health
705-743-1000, ext. 391


Lisa Kouri
Director, Community Engagement
United Way of Peterborough & District
705-742-8839, ext. 24