Grocery Workers – Project Advisors

We’re seeking up to four (4) project advisors to help shape new research on job pathways in Canada’s grocery sector
July 13, 2020
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Have you worked as a cashier or shelf stocker in an Ontario grocery store within the last year? 

We’re looking for people to help guide the design of a project on jobs in food retail, acting as advisors to our research team. 

Grocery store workers play an important role in the Canadian economy. We know that disruptive forces, like new technology, consumer behaviours, and the impacts of COVID-19, can affect thousands of grocery workers across Canada. The focus of our study is on two occupations: cashiers and shelf stockers in Ontario grocery stores. We want to understand more about these jobs and the people who do them, so that we can apply a model that will suggest realistic job or career options should existing jobs change or decline. 

We’re looking for up to four (4) current or past grocery cashiers or shelf stockers who’ve worked in Ontario for at least 3 months (12 weeks) in the last year. You will participate remotely by email or phone, helping to inform our outreach plan to grocery workers, the questions we ask, and how we analyze and make sense of our research. 

At the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (housed within Ryerson University), we help companies and people understand and gain the skills they need to thrive in an innovation-driven economy. 

If you’re interested in helping to uncover insights and opportunities for workers in grocery stores and food retail, please complete our form below. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We are looking for advisors from a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences. Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Advisors will each receive a $500 honorarium, as well as acknowledged publicly for their contributions to the project. For even more information on this work, visit our project page.  

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