It seems that hockey fans are being forced to choose between paying the mortgage or paying the rent.
With a global economic recession, it’s not surprising that millions of Canadians are struggling to find work, and the most vulnerable to the effects of the economic crisis are the most likely to be looking for work.
In the wake of the Great Recession, more than a million Canadians were forced to sell their homes and close their businesses.
That’s according to Statistics Canada, which says that as of March 15, nearly 1.4 million Canadians had lost their jobs, including more than 2,000 in the energy and mining sectors.
Those losses have led to a sharp drop in the number of Canadians working full-time, and many are relying on family and friends to help out.
“It’s very difficult to find a full- or part-time job in Canada,” says Michelle Braid, a Toronto-based real estate agent and member of the Board of Directors for TorontoReal Estate Boards.
“We’ve seen a lot of the same types of things that we’ve seen in the United States.
It’s a huge financial hit on people’s lives, and it’s an economic hit on the whole economy.”
The reality is that the economic downturn has led to fewer Canadians moving to work full- and part-timers in recent years.
The number of workers moving to part- time work has been steady since the recession began, although the rate of part- or full- time employment has been trending downward.
The trend continues in the second quarter of this year, according to the Canadian Labour Congress.
And despite the downturn, there are more Canadians working part- and full-timing than ever before, according the Canada Employment Institute.
“There is a lot more Canadians moving into part- Time Work,” says John Gorman, a senior vice-president with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents about 10,000 workers in the industry.
“The number of full-Time workers has gone down over the last couple of years, and they’ve been moving into Part-Time Work.
We are looking at that trend continuing in 2017, which is good news.”
With the economy in a worse state than it was a year ago, the number and number of people seeking work has plummeted.
“There is no sign of an uptick in demand for labour,” says Gorman.
“People are looking for other things to do.”
The lack of work has also put pressure on families and social services.
With the jobless rate at 9.6 per cent, many families have lost their incomes in the recession, and with the number struggling to keep up with basic living expenses, many are turning to their own savings to cover basic needs.
And even with the help of a spouse or a relative, many Canadians are still struggling to make ends meet.
“When I was younger, I used to have a savings account and I would go out to the grocery store,” says Ashley, who declined to give her last name.
“I would save a couple of bucks here and there, and I was very active and always trying to keep my eyes open for work.”
Despite the financial difficulties, many workers are feeling optimistic about their prospects for finding work.
“A lot of us are feeling like we’re in the right spot,” says Braid.
“You can’t go back to school.
You can’t get a job that’s paying more than the mortgage, and there are lots of benefits to being in a part-Time work.”
While it’s clear that part-Timers are facing an economic squeeze, it is also becoming clear that it is not just part- Timers that are struggling.
For many of them, their current work is part-timer status, and that is a problem for many others.
“I feel like part- timers are kind of being overlooked,” says Amanda, who has worked as a receptionist and as a sales representative in her day job.
“They’re being under-served in their field, and not being recognized as part-Timer.”
“I am not sure that we’re being paid the right amount,” says Samantha, who works at a health food store.
“Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like I’m being paid enough.”
When asked about her experience, Samantha said she felt like she was treated unfairly, but said she was also trying to help the industry by keeping her hours down and doing her best to keep her job.
“At the end of the day, if you’re not getting paid enough, you should just quit,” she says.
“If you’re doing your best, then you’re going to get your paycheck.
If you’re working at a job, then people are going to look at you as part of the business.”
For many of the people I spoke with, there is a greater sense of solidarity with other workers who are struggling financially.
For those who are currently in full-Timer status, there seems to be a general sense of being supported and being taken seriously by their