Back in the day, people assembled in the public square to discuss issues that were most important to their lives, allowing them to engage and have a say in what government did or didn’t do.
Today, Canadians are more connected than ever and ‘inclusivity’ is a buzz word. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly hard to have an inclusive discussion—particularly for working class, Ontarians.
Some groups are talked over, underrepresented or left out entirely, and, in turn, they have less political influence.n
We want to construct a place to amplify their voice, and ensure they are heard.
This is the New Square
What We Do
Working with the public and not-for-profit partners, the New Square brings working class Canadians together in an online community.
We ask them questions about their community, work and health. Then we carefully tabulate their answers and share them publicly to allow their collective voices to be heard.
In this way, they have a say in government and services that impact their lives every day
Why Working Class?
What is Working Class?
It’s Not Just About Working With Your Hands
We define working class as meeting at least one of the following criteria;
• Having a job that is physical
• Earning an hourly wage (non-salaried)
• Having an annual income below $35,000
• Unstable or Precarious work (contract or freelance)
• Part-time employment