ATKINSON - For social and economic justice

We're fighting for decent work.

We’re the Atkinson Foundation — a Canadian charitable foundation fighting the good fight for more than 75 years.

We’re supporting once-in-a-generation legislative reforms to modernize employment standards and labour relations.

We’re experimenting with bold strategies to build equity into public infrastructure projects.

We’re mobilizing investors to make sure workers are treated like the engines of successful companies, not the fuel.

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This is Atkinson’s brand new platform for podcasts and live events about decent work by and for millennials.  We’re talking about the gig economy, democracy, side hustles, unions, technology, activism, innovation, power and much more here.

There are a lot of myths about millennial workers: frivolous, entitled, avocado toast. How many are true? In this first series, we look for answers with some help from insightful guests and host Ausma Malik, Atkinson’s Director of Social Engagement.

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The next series is about community organizers who are creating the conditions for decent work. They talk about their realities as well as their motivations and aspirations for the communities they organize. These new episodes are scheduled for release in June 2018.



Atkinson Field Notes  are your best source of information about what we’re up to and what’s on our minds. This is a recent post from Atkinson’s Executive Director Colette Murphy.

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The Atkinson Decent Work Fund is a grants program that takes aim at growing income and wealth inequality. We’re always open to opportunities to help build the decent work movement. Share your idea with Atkinson’s Director of Social Investment Jenn Miller.

The Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy provides a seasoned Canadian journalist with a year to investigate a hot public policy issue. The 2018 application process is now closed. The current Atkinson Fellow is Tanya Talaga . She’s reporting on the alarming incidence of youth suicide in Indigenous communities. Her successor will be announced at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Gala in June 2018.