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Rate of gig workers: Alberta tops list according to Statistics Canada

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In all, 116,700 Albertans would have worked on demand in the last three months of 2022.


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Alberta leads the country in the proportion of people whose main job is “gig” work. About 5% of workers aged 15 to 69 have this type of job in the province, according to Statistics Canada data obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada.

During the last three months of 2022, Statistics Canada estimated that 116,700 Albertans had gig work.

In a recent report, Statistics Canada describes these jobs (New window) as paid activities that involve tasks or short-term jobs with no guarantee of stable work.

This includes workers on food delivery apps or transportation services, such as Uber, DoorDash or SkipTheDishes.

Some of these activities are carried out through digital platforms or apps, while others are carried out offline through traditional methods that help workers connect with customers or businesses, specifies the federal agency.

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A delivery man from SkipTheDishes.

The largest number of gig workers is found in Ontario with 359,000 people and in Quebec, with nearly 203,000 people, according to Statistics Canada data.

These provinces are just behind Alberta in proportion, with each having about 4.7% of its workers aged 15 to 69 employed on demand.

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On average, nationally, 871,000 seniors between 15 and 69 years old worked gig as their main job in the last three months of 2022, this represents a rate of 4.5%.

According to Statistics Canada, 1.5 million more people have done gig work at one point or another over the last few years. x27;year 2023.

Professor of human resources and finance at Mount Royal University, Eric Myers, believes that demographic trends in Alberta would impact the proportion of workers in the workforce. demand in the province.

Immigration data shows that more and more people are coming to Alberta, he points out .

According to Statistics Canada, permanent residents represented 57.5% of the 365,000 people working in either a delivery or transportation service application across the country in 2023.

Jim Stanford, economist and director of the Center for Future Work, explains that more and more people are trying this type of work because of the growing popularity of this type of job.

He nevertheless mentions that the number of people who manage to earn a sufficiently good living with gig work is surprisingly low in the majority of cases.

You can waste more than half a day of work without getting paid, waiting to receive another request from the [service] application, says- he.

With information from Joel Dryden

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