Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) has completed a research study on precarious employment and its impact in Niagara.  Unemployment rates may be lower than previous years, however, a little over half of working-age Niagara residents have some form of precarious employment. We define precarious work as work that is typically part-time, temporary, or contract, and often without longer-term job security and employment-based benefits. It is often called non-standard employment.

This report suggests that precarious employment has a significant impact on the individuals, families, and communities it touches and that these impacts are indeed widespread and pervasive in Niagara. The report also includes a list of recommendations, aimed at government and employers, to reduce the incidence of precarious employment and to mitigate its impacts.



  • Jeff Boggs (Brock University)
  • Jonah Butovsky (Brock University)
  • Natalie Chaumont (United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie)
  • Paul Connor (Niagara Connects)
  • Lori Kleinsmith (Bridges Community Health Centre)
  • Grace Maich (Brock University)
  • Jennifer Williamson (Brock University)

Published By: Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara research group, a partnership between the United Way of Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute

Publication Date: April 2018

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