Instability trap: Canadians want work. Why have so many stopped looking?

Feb. 10, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News

The percentage of working-age Canadians who aren’t working – who aren’t even looking for a job – is at a historic high years after the economy supposedly bounced back from the recession. The labour participation rate for Canadian men in their working prime – ages 25 through 54 – is the lowest it’s been since Statistics Canada started collecting that data.

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Poor prospects: Toronto’s impoverished are working hard and hardly earning

Armira Varga moved to Canada from Colombia 23 years ago, built a life for herself and her kids. Now, out of a job and juggling multiple new gigs, she's joined the growing ranks of Toronto's working poor.
(Photo by Moe Doiron / The Globe and Mail)

They’re often single and not originally from Canada. They work close to full-time hours but likely bring home less than $20,000 a year. In the first Canadian study of its kind, the growth of Toronto’s working-poor population has been charted, and the results are shocking: Even during times of economic prosperity the number of working people unable to make ends meets grew by 42 per cent in the GTA, a figure that shows no sign of stopping. Anna Mehler Paperny reports

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