Areas of focus

Precarious Work

The concept of non-standard work is not new. For many, taking a part-time job or contracted employment is a choice. For others, a lack of full-time jobs in our community require individuals to take part-time or contract jobs that provide little to no job and income security.

Over the past twenty years London and southwestern Ontario have seen a massive shift in labour market conditions with the decline of manufacturing within our community, a long recovery from the recession, and a labour market that is not meeting the demands of the population.

For the London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s, serious questions arise for London:

  1. Is this the new reality or is it a temporary arrangement as the economy “recovers”?
  2. What are the community, social and family impacts of income-earning adults working multiple part-time jobs, with few benefits and little job security?
  3. How can we retain our young people as innovators when much of the work the City has to offer is precarious?
  4. What other income models (i.e. Basic Income Guarantee) can help ease the strain that families are facing as a result of precarious work?
  5. How is employment and income tied to social justice?

Poverty Reduction

London is striving now more than ever to find innovative solutions to end poverty in our community. In early 2016, the Mayor’s Panel on Poverty delivered 112 recommendations to the Mayor in an effort to urge the community to take immediate action. Poverty reduction is a large topic, but within it, lies many opportunities to improve the lives of all in our community.

 For the London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s, serious questions arise for London:

  1. What poverty reduction efforts are working in other jurisdictions?
  2. What are the limits of the charitable model or “band aid” solutions?
  3. What are the specific measures that will decrease the incidence of poverty in London?
  4. Given multiple local actors and constrained senior government resources, how can Londoners from all sectors come together to work on this difficult issue?
  5. How can the LPRC @ King’s support these efforts?
  6. Who leads the charge to end poverty in London?

 

Mental Health and Homelessness

The Provincial Government has launched a renewed poverty reduction strategy for Ontario. At the same time, Mayor Matt Brown’s panel on poverty delivered 112 recommendations to reduce poverty in London in early 2016. London has a higher than Provincial average number of citizens living on income below the Low Income Measure (LIM). London, also, has many community agencies and groups working to support citizens and need as well as advocating for government policies that will support residents lifting themselves out of poverty.

For the London Poverty Research Centre @ King’s, serious questions arise for London:

  1. Are we content with these current patterns of supporting those with mental health issues in our community?
  2. When many promising solutions have been identified, why are they taking so long to impliment?
  3. Why can’t more marginally housed and homeless citizens not get access to a mental health diagnosis and treatment?
  4. What more needs to be done?