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Only Temporary?

Navigating job shifts in Canada’s colleges and universities

February 28, 2021

Labour Force Survey data suggests there has been a general shift in the kind of work on university and college campuses, from permanent to temporary. But what are the implications of this shift? Building on the provincial analysis in the CCPA’s February 2018 report No Temporary Solution, we looked at national numbers for 1998 to 2017 to try to better understand three issues:

  1. To what extent is this shift taking place, and are temporary workers across the sector experiencing it differently?
  2. Are there gendered implications to this shift?
  3. What are the impacts on university and college faculty (spoiler – a lot of free labour)?
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