We're fighting for decent work.

We’re the Atkinson Foundation — a Canadian charitable foundation that has been 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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Introducing the Power Lab!

Generated by the Atkinson Foundation and the Broadbent Institute, the Power Lab is a different kind of innovation lab. It’s led by community organizers concerned with equity in  local economic development.  Learn more here.

Armine Yalnizyan to focus on the Future of Workers

Armine Yalnizyan, one of Canada’s leading economists, has accepted a two-year fellowship with the Atkinson Foundation, aimed at policy innovation for inclusive economic growth in an era of rapid technological change. 

As the new Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers, Armine will contribute to collaborative initiatives, help curate events, and provide advice to the Foundation and its partners on a wide range of economic and social issues related to the changing nature of work.

Here’s the full text of Executive Director Colette Murphy’s announcement.

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 second 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.

In this third series, to be taped at a live event in November 2018, our special guests will talk about the future all of us are creating for workers today. We’ll have some fun with futuristic characters and storylines from the Jetsons — one of the first colour cartoons produced in the transition from black and white television in 1962. The show was set in the year 2062.

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

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 journalist with a year to investigate a hot public policy issue. Shree Paradkar was named the 30th winner of this fellowship at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards in June 2018. During her fellowship year, Shree will investigate the failure of Canada’s public education system to deliver equitable outcomes for racialized and Indigenous students, and propose policy recommendations.