Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO)
The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research group will look at how unstable, poorly paid (i.e., precarious) employment affects families and communities in different communities in Southern Ontario. This project focuses on detailed studies of six neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area (two in the City of Toronto; two in the City of Hamilton and two in Peel Region). Selected study areas in Peel include Cooksville in Mississauga, and Springdale in Brampton. The project will undertake in-depth, semi-structured interviews and focus groups with residents, self-employed/small business owners and community activists/representatives.
The project will also utilize Photovoice which is an arts-based participatory action research process by which people can identify, represent and convey specific issues happening in their neighbourhoods through pictures. Research findings will be disseminated in 2013/2014.
It’s More than Poverty, was prepared by the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research group, a joint university-community initiative. This report was published in February 2013 and is one component of a larger PEPSO research program.