On the Move: Project Update (January 2018)

Every year, thousands of workers across Canada travel from their home communities to earn family income. Some jobs require hours of commuting every day, while others take workers from home for days, weeks, months or even years. This phenomenon of employment-related geographic mobility (E-RGM), or extended commuting, is currently widespread in Canada’s workforce and is growing each year.

The Vanier Institute of the Family is continuing to work with the On the Move Partnership to enhance the national understanding of how this mobility affects households, communities and the economy.

  • In December 2017, researchers and community members gathered to participate in a public forum titled On the Move: Community and Family Impacts of Mobility for Work.
  • CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy is working with On the Move with the aim of producing two new programs in 2018.
  • On the Move is planning another Knowledge Mobilization event with the Vanier Institute and researcher Christina Murray from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). This event will focus on the Families, Mobility and Work Atlantic Canadian Symposium and will be held at UPEI this spring.
  • On the Move’s Alberta team is preparing a series of composite stories of work-related mobility featuring the experiences of Indigenous, interprovincial and international movers/workers. These stories will be available on the On the Move website via a wide range of mediums, including textual, visual and audio files, as well as policy narratives and maps.
  • The final On the Move Symposium is scheduled to occur in St. John’s between November 14 and 17, 2018. More details will be available soon.

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Neis, recipient of the prestigious 2017 Memorial University Paton Award, which recognizes Memorial University faculty who embody the university’s mission by demonstrating exceptional teaching, undertaking world-class research and sharing their knowledge and expertise widely.

The Vanier Institute will continue to publish findings on our website, in our e-newsletter and through social media, and to collaborate on and participate in project conferences, panels and events throughout 2018.

Learn more about the On the Move Partnership and mobility in Canada:


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