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 efforts 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.

If this fight is yours too, let us know. Sign up to show your support and to connect with us.

Would you like to join the Atkinson team?

Check out two new employment opportunities hereWe’re accepting applications immediately and until these positions have been filled. We’ll start reviewing them on Monday December 17, 2018.

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.

Are you the next Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy?

The 2019 – 2020 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy application process is now open.

The Atkinson Foundation, the Honderich Family and Toronto Star provide a seasoned Canadian journalist with $100,000 and a year to investigate a critical public policy issue. Atkinson Fellows write a series of articles for publication in the Star at the conclusion of their fellowship.

The deadline for letters of intent is  Monday, February 11, 2019, at 5:00 pm (EST). All submissions are accepted online. You can upload your three-page letter of intent and curriculum vitae as a single PDF to our confidential online portal. If you have not registered before, please do so before the end of day, Monday, February 4, 2019.

This is Atkinson’s podcast 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.

We’re recording our third series and first live podcast event on January 23rd, 2019 with special guest U.S. comedian and podcaster Hari Kondabolu.

We’re expecting a seriously funny conversation about the future of work with Hari, Max FineDay from Canadian Roots Exchange, and Atkinson’s Ausma Malik. The cast of the Jetsons, the first colour cartoon series which aired in 1962 and is set in 2062, will make a cameo appearance.

Hari, Max and Ausma will riff about bosses and workers, tech for lifestyles and livelihoods, and how race, money and gender colours everything for millennials.



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.