Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

11,600 full-time jobs lost in December, slide towards part-time job economy continues

Published on January 4, 2019

According to December’s Labour Force Survey, Ontario shed 11,600 full-time jobs in December. Since Doug Ford took office, 94.7 per cent of all net new jobs created in Ontario have been part-time.

All job gains made in December were part-time.

NDP Employment, Jobs, Research and Innovation critic Catherine Fife said the numbers suggest a worrying decline into a part-time job economy, one where Ontarians must increasingly take on jobs with less stability, and without benefits or pensions.

“The December numbers show that Ford’s schemes — eliminating green energy jobs, making cuts to public services, and walking away from the auto industry — are putting more Ontarians into that kind of lower-wage, unstable work with no benefits, instead of good jobs with benefits," said Fife.

Fife said that it's time to invest in innovation, the knowledge economy, green energy jobs and 21st-century manufacturing to create more full-time jobs and good careers in Ontario.

“What this province needs is more good full-time jobs – ones that pay well and provide workers with the stability and benefits they deserve,” said Fife.