Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Gender and Self-Employment in Canada: Assessing Trends and Policy Implications

by Karen D. Hughes

The purpose of this paper is to provide an in-depth analysis of the general trends within self-employment in Canada and the gendered patterns within this form of work.  The intent is to provide a sound empirical basis from which to evaluate the implications of self-employment, both for Canadian workers and for public policy.  Towards this end, the paper assesses trends from the mid-1970's to the present, in order to map out the extent of change and the current situation.  It highlights the complexity and polarization within the self-employed labour force, both for women and men, and the public policy implications raised by growing numbers of self-employed workers.

Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
Number of pages: 56
Document number: 18381
Keywords: income security, earning disparities, flexibility, self-employment, gender enequality