NL·The Grind

These people are working themselves to the bone. Are you?

They're moonlighting as servers, juggling three jobs at once, putting in 70-hour weeks. They're doing it all, just to pay for the basics. This is The Grind, a snapshot of working life in an era of ever-rising prices. Find out how you can be involved.

New series paints portrait of working life under high inflation, interest rates

A woman writes in a notebook
Kelly Young found herself without any wiggle room in her budget when she worked only 40 hours a week. The 53-year-old Flatrock woman took a second job and now works gruelling 70-hour weeks. (Curtis Hicks/CBC)

The Grind, a new series launching Nov. 6, follows workers as they juggle jobs to pay for rent, food and fuel. 

Rising interest was meant to bring down inflation. The numbers, finally, are starting to reflect the Bank of Canada's initial hope. The latest update shows inflation slowing to 3.8 per cent, down from its high of 8.1 per cent in June 2022.

But for average consumers — you, your family, your neighbours — the math isn't adding up.

And, through the form below, we'd like to hear your story. 

Canadians are feeling the crunch. Grocery prices remain abysmal. Gas still stresses chequing accounts each week. Rent and mortgages creep ever upward. Wages, meanwhile, largely haven't budged.

Experts across Canada have told CBC News that pandemic economic contraction is leading to devastation for the country's most vulnerable. 

Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, food bank usage is up 12 per cent over last year, which had already broken records. Never-before-seen homeless encampments in St. John's point to a rental market that's pricing low earners out of the basic need for shelter. 

A poll from Abacus Data last month, meanwhile, found 77 per cent of its 500 respondents in Newfoundland and Labrador said they were either living paycheque to paycheque or falling behind entirely.

On Monday, CBC Newfoundland and Labrador is launching The Grind, a new series looking at how the cost of living is affecting ordinary people.

We'll be bringing you stories of people working multiple jobs to pay rent on time or to keep food in the fridge. You'll hear from people like Kelly Young, a 53-year-old grandmother in Flatrock, who found herself looking for extra work as her bills piled up.

If this problem cuts close to home, CBC would like to hear from you. Please take a look at the form below. 

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