Things have been getting better in Ontario over the past few years – for those who were doing OK in the first place. For those who were already struggling, it’s another story. They’ve actually been slipping backwards.

Stripped of the economic jargon, that’s the basic finding of a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

It confirms what was already known from other studies: that income inequality has been getting worse over the past decade and a half. And it provides more evidence that the Wynne government is on the right track with its important reform of the province’s labour laws.

The key factor in growing inequality has been the dramatic increase in so-called precarious work – often low-paid, contract, and part-time work. As the CCPA’s senior economist, Sheila Block, documents in her report, it has resulted in essentially two separate labour markets in Ontario.