MUN public forum to explore impact of long-distance commuting

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A Memorial Presents public policy forum will explore the social and economic consequences for Newfoundland and Labrador communities of workers travelling long distances to and from work, the university announced today.

A news release states that, On the Move: The Consequences of Long-Distance Commuting, will take place Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at at the Innovation Hall in the Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Research on campus.

The event will be webcast live on the Harris Centre website,www.mun.ca/harriscentre.

Many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are travelling long distances to get to work — commuting to western and central Canada, or abroad — and often living away from home for long periods.

Meanwhile, in the province, some people spend two or more hours a day in their cars getting to and from work, others spend weeks at a time in remote camps, in trucks or onboard ships and planes.

The same trend is also happening in reverse, with a growing number of workers from elsewhere commuting into the province for work, often staying for prolonged periods.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s aging labour force, increased housing costs, anticipated labour shortages and related megaprojects are likely to accelerate reliance on employment-related commuting in the coming years.

The event will look at what implications that having many workers coming and going will have on employers, families, home and host communities.

 

Organizations: Bruneau Centre for Innovation, Harris Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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