There are a number of public presentations delivered by members of the research team on the topic of precarious employment. Here are a few:

State of Precarious Employment in Rural Ontario_ Delivered at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Symposium 2017

Statistical Overview – Delivered at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference 2017

Key Informant Interview Analysis – Delivered at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference 2017

Investigating Precarious Employment in rural Ontario_Delivered at Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference 2016

Case Studies

The project’s third objective involves case studies of communities who have successfully engaged in strategies to mitigate the negative consequences of precarious rural/remote employment. The six cased explored below provide ideas for other communities and, for policy-makers, an opportunity to identify leverage points for intervention.

Rural Rules Case Studies 2018

Key Informant Interview Analysis

To gain a better understanding of precarious employment in rural Ontario, key informants were interviewed – below is a summary analysis.

Precarious Employment Analysis of Key Informant Interviews 2018

Key Statistical Findings Report

This report summarizes key findings from the statistical review of precarious employment in rural Ontario and the province as a whole.

Precarious Employment Report 2018 Executive Summary

Fact Sheets

The Fact Sheets below have been prepared by Dr. Ray Bollman and are in their preliminary stages. They are succinct findings around particular tops related to identifying trends in precarious employment:

Employment trends in economic regions
Non-metro employment trends by age
Non-metro population trends by age
Non-metro trends in low-wage work
Non-metro trends in involuntary part-time work
Non-metro trends in fixed term or contract jobs


The Charts below have been prepared by Dr. Ray Bollman and showcase trends in factors impacting precarious employment:

Non-metro employment by age
Non-metro trends in low wage work
Non-metro trends in workers with term or contract employment
Self-employment as indicator of precarious employment


This research project uses the classification of metro, non-metro, and partially non-metro to identify the types of areas being investigated in Ontario. These designations consider population, density, distance from metro centres, and geographic area. Below is more information about how census divisions in Ontario are considered based on these classifications. The Fact Sheet presented below is from Dr. Ray Bollman’s Focus on Rural Series prepared for the Rural Ontario Institute.

Focus on Rural: Overview of Rural Ontario Geography