Justice at Work for Lone-Mothers Pandemic Survey Here! Help us tackle precarious working poverty.

Invitation to take part in an online survey about lone-mothers, work and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic 

Justice at Work for Lone-Mothers in BC (‘Justice at Work’) is a Participatory Action Research project being conducted through a partnership between the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and Dr. Lea Caragata from the University of British Columbia. The project is funded by the Federal department of Women and Gender Equality Canada. Justice At Work aims to investigate the impact of the pandemic on working lone-mothers in the hardest-hit work sectors in BC. It will also explore the relationship between BC’s  disability and income assistance social safety net and work-based poverty. We want to learn more about how Covid-19 has affected women in BC and will use the information we collect to try to press for changes in wages, opportunities and working conditions to end poverty for lone-mother led families in BC. Participatory Action Research means that peer researchers (woman who have lived experience of low-income lone-motherhood) will take a lead on developing and carrying out the research.  

The first phase of the Justice at Work project is an online survey. This survey asks questions about you, your working circumstances before and since the pandemic began, and your experiences in relation to education and training. You are eligible to take part in this study if you are:  

  • Over 18 years of age
  • Identify as a lone-mother or woman who is the sole caregiver/guardian for at least one child under the age of 19 who resides with you at least some of the time
  • Have a low and/or unreliable income
  • Have lived in BC for at least six months immediately prior to applying
  • Are able to read English 

Participation in this study is voluntary and you have the option of remaining anonymous. All information gathered is confidential. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. You can pause and resume completing the survey as needed, so it can be completed over multiple sittings. You can submit your response up until July 8, 2022.  

Please click on the link below to access the survey. 

Survey Link : https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6r2hTJH91huhLuK  

As a thank you for taking part, you can choose to be submitted into a random draw to win one of twenty $50 cash prizes. 

If you have any questions, please reply to this email, or call Project Co-Investigator Zeynya Alemayehu at 667-300-9279. 

Thank you for considering taking part in this important research! 

The Justice at Work Research Team 

Principal Investigator: Lea Caragata, Associate Professor, UBC School of Social Work 

[email protected]  / 604 827 5493