This call to action represents what we heard from Canadians. It is based on the clear recognition that change won’t just happen. We need nothing less than a movement that seeks change to make Canada a fairer and a more prosperous country for everyone.
The solution starts by recognizing that we need a fair economy that works for everyone.
GOOD JOBS AND FAIR WAGES
The rise of precarious work is a clear sign that the status quo is not working. Too many Canadians with full-time jobs can’t break the poverty cycle. Most new jobs are part-time and low-waged with little to no benefits. We must ensure we are creating good jobs that and livable communities. We can, and must, do better.
“More and more of us are working in a situation where we don’t have access to benefits, we have no job security, where we are working multiple different jobs and in different jobs – month-to-month and even week-to-week.” – Stephanie Nakitsas, Urban Worker Project
It’s time to:
- Lead the way with a $15 federal minimum wage and pay equity.
- Ensure all internships are paid.
- Regulate unfair practices in the temporary worker agency industry and create limits on the use of temporary part-time staff to fill full-time jobs.
- End migrant worker exploitation by immediately creating pathways to immigration status for migrant workers.
- Support local businesses, social enterprise, and good jobs with a federal ‘buy local’ community benefits procurement policy.
- Ensure young people have the right to join a union through card checks and automatic certification.
- Oppose unfair trade deals that are unfair for working Canadians.
IMPROVED SOCIAL SAFETY NET
As Canadians we are proud of our social safety net, but thanks to precarious work young Canadians are experiencing firsthand the need to expand our social supports. Many Millennials have no private benefit plans. With only 38% of Canadians able to access employment insurance benefits, many also face precarious unemployment.
“We talked [to our provincial government] about having a progressive and fair tax structure. We showed them how to do it without an austerity budget and they said they were listening, but then came the budget. Spoiler Alert: they didn’t listen to anything we had to say!” –Alyse Stuart, Common Front NL
It’s time to:
- Enhance Employment Insurance so that part-time, freelance, and contract workers get the benefits they deserve. That means a universal 360-hour Employment Insurance threshold where your best 12 weeks determine your benefits.
- Implement universal dental, mental health, and pharmacare; reverse federal cuts to the Canada Health Transfer.
- Build a fairer tax system where everyone pays their fair share.
- Create a national affordable housing strategy so that everyone has a safe, warm and dry place to live.
- Create a national food security strategy that curbs increasing food bank use in Canada.
SUPPORTING OUR FAMILIES
Economic barriers and a lack of support are forcing Millennials to hold off on starting families and make tough choices about caring for dependents and ageing relatives. Meanwhile, two-tiered pension systems are clawing back the benefits offered to newer plan members.
You can get fired going on maternity leave... Human Rights Legal Support Centre in Ontario received almost as many calls about this issue last year as they got about sexual harassment in the workplace. That’s 1,126 calls; that’s three a day. – Gilary Massa, child care activist
It’s time to:
- Create a $15 a day national child care program.
- Update Canada's parental leave framework to ensure access by precariously employed parents.
- Strengthen Canada’s pensions and retirement savings system and take action to avoid two tiered pension systems.
UNIVERSAL, ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION
With 70% of new jobs requiring some form of postsecondary education, a degree has become a necessity for Millennials. The federal government can make a real difference by making post-secondary education a priority and recognizing that education is a right.
“We need a system that's completely universal and free, that's accessible to everyone.” -Bilan Arte, Canadian Federation of Students
It’s time to:
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- End inequality for postsecondary students to ensure universal access.
- Forgive all unpayable federal student debt.
- Uphold Indigenous Canadians’ treaty right to postsecondary education by lifting the Post-Secondary Student Support Program funding cap and allocate sufficient funds to clear the program’s backlog.