Precarious employment is one important variable influencing the extent to which individuals are able to withstand the economic fluctuations caused by COVID-19. The Four County Labour Market Planning Board has been delving deeper into precarious employment with a series of **COVID-19 Impact Surveys **carried out in 2020 and Precarious Living Series carried out in 2021.

National and provincial research both show that those who were more vulnerable to economic changes and labour market instability before COVID-19 have experienced greater hardships due to the pandemic. They are more likely to be currently unemployed or working in jobs with less stability. They are also more likely to be working in sectors where work cannot be performed remotely, thereby creating stress due to the often additional risk of exposure, as well as needed access to childcare for parents required to work outside the home during this pandemic.

The local survey data aligns with these overall findings.
• The Spring 2020 survey analyzes the results in order to understand the initial impact COVID-19 had on our local workforce.
• The Fall 2020 survey reviews the results when there were signs of economic recovery in order to understand the ongoing impacts of the pandemic.

In 2022, the Planning Board released the Precarious Living Series. The Precarious Living Study explores the intersectionality of precarious employment and other factors that contribute to precarious living in the Stratford-Bruce Peninsula Economic Region. The Study has also profiled people and families with precarious lives in a series of videos.

The Planning Board also released the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women in the Four County Region between February 2020 and October 2021. Through this analysis, we may gain a greater understanding of the challenges that women in our region are facing, how to best assist them with possible re-training and re-entry to the workforce post-COVID, and how to design effective and equitable solutions as we move forward.