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Digital Policy Salon: The Demographics of "Flexible" Employment

Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: The Demographics of "Flexible" Employment
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #25 • View online
Welcome to the 25th issue of the Digital Policy Salon weekly briefing.
We bring an array of updates to this week’s issue, but our central focus is on digital employment, clean energy policies, and trends in the gig economy.
New Labour Force Survey data informs our first perspective piece, an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on employment from February to August, 2020. Our second article is a excerpt from ICTC’s white paper, Economic Resiliency in the Face of Adversity, which highlights policies that look to promote an environmentally friendly recovery, while our interview piece looks at 5G technology in Canada and the rollout of new digital infrastructure.
What opportunities and challenges does the flexibility of gig work hold for retirees? In this week’s “what we’re reading,” the impact of new careers on retirement is discussed, while our datavis of the week examines shifting views on the feasibility and profitability of gig work from Millennials to Gen Zs.
Finally, we’d like to hear from you! We’re soliciting reader feedback in a small survey this week. We’d greatly appreciate if you could take a moment to let us know what you enjoy about this publication and what you’d like to see more (or less) of. Click here to access our reader survey.
Faun, Khiran, and Tyler

Policy Updates 🇨🇦
Work-from-home economy continues into August as employment rises 
Canada’s unemployment rate is now 10.2%, down from 13% in April, according to Statistics Canada’s new Labour Force Survey. At the same time, nearly 75% of the 3.4 million Canadians who began working from home at the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis are still working remotely. A new survey by ADP Canada suggests that about 45% of Canadians would prefer to work remotely at least three days a week going forward. 
Ontario holds public consultations on privacy and privacy law 
The Government of Ontario is holding public consultations to inform possible changes to Ontario’s privacy laws. Interested parties have until October 1st, 2020 to participate in an online survey or submit feedback in writing to Ontario’s Regulatory Registry.  
New Mozilla study defines user browsing histories as re-identifiable information 
A new research study by Mozilla shows that browsing habits and browsing histories are unique and can be used to reliably track and identify users. According to Mozilla, it is possible to identify a user with a list of just 50 to 150 of their favourite and most accessed domains. The study has implications for user privacy in the digital advertising space, where anonymized browsing histories may be used to target buyers. 
Australia proposes regulations for local news on digital platforms  
The government of Australia has proposed new regulations for local news content shared on digital platforms, including search engines and social media platforms. If passed, the legislation would require platforms to pay royalty-type-fees for any locally-sourced and locally-funded, Australian content shared on their sites. In response, some digital platforms have said that they’ll prevent Australians from being able to share any news content on their sites in the future. 
Canadian municipalities employing RFID stickers to improve waste collection services 
Municipalities across Canada, including Lloydminster, Alberta; Prince George, British Columbia; and Beaconsfield, Québec, are using RFID stickers to improve curbside waste collection. Among other things, the stickers are being used to track the time and date of collection, improve customer service for residents, and enable individually tailored, “pay as you throw” programs.  - Mairead Matthews | email
Our Perspective
August Employment Update
Foundations for a Greener Future: Anchoring a Robust Recovery on Sustainable and Carbon-Neutral Processes
Interviews in the Field
5G Tech in Post-COVID Canada
Geoff Sullivan, Automation Lead at Mobia
Geoff Sullivan, Automation Lead at Mobia
What We're Reading
Why our concept of retirement is outdated - and how artificial intelligence can help
Research Visualized
One the of the key drivers for participation in the gig economy is flexibility. In BC, a survey of gig economy workers found that the vast majority (70%) valued the flexibility of gig work, ranking it higher than the ability to earn more money through full-time work. The importance of workplace flexibility, however, is not valued only by gig workers; it is a notable factor among younger workers engaged in full-time work as well.
Views on the gig economy – Millennials and Gen Zs. Source: Deloitte Millennial Survey, 2019
Views on the gig economy – Millennials and Gen Zs. Source: Deloitte Millennial Survey, 2019
Deloitte’s 2019 Millennial Survey collected data from over 13,000 millennials in 42 countries and over 3,000 Gen Zs in 10 countries. The findings highlight a relatively strong appreciation for the gig economy but mostly as a means of supplemental employment, not full-time employment. Four in five millennials and Gen Zs find the gig economy appealing, but only 6% of millennials would choose gig work over full-time work as a primary source of income. Overall, both millennials and Gen Zs had balanced and similar views on the gig economy. Millennials showed a slightly higher evaluation for the earning potential of the gig economy, but the biggest discrepancy between millennials and Gen Zs related to their views on why employers offer gig work.
Our Research
Loading: the Future of Work
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