Between a rock and a hard place: Which workers are most vulnerable when their workplaces re-open amid COVID-19?

Key facts: Oil sands and meat packing workers have seen terrifying COVID-19 outbreaks as they’ve stayed open in the first phase of the pandemic.  Child care workers, construction labourers, servers, cashiers, and bus drivers have almost identical high risk scores as industrial butchers but, so far, they have been protected…
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The unequal burden of COVID-19 joblessness

April Labour Force Survey Key Facts: 3 million lost jobs, but another 2.5 million had a majority of their hours cut. 5.5 million Canadians lost work or a majority of their hours since February. 2 in 5 youth (aged 15 to 24) lost jobs or a majority of their hours….
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A snapshot of Canada’s import structure of COVID-19 medical supplies

The COVID-19 global outbreak has brought into sharp focus the threat of supply disruptions and shortages of critical medical products and equipment. In the U.S., as in many other places, efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed the limits of domestic stockpiles and industrial capacity, which has prompted concerns about…
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An impossible choice: at least 540,000 low wage workers risk losing CERB if they refuse unsafe work

With provincial economies starting to reopen, we need to take a close look at the workers most at risk.  Reopening is sometimes framed as if allowing businesses to switch on the “open” sign will immediately return everything to normal. But there are many more important considerations: workers and consumers need…
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Canada’s modest drop in air pollution highlights magnitude of decarbonization challenge

One of the apparent silver linings of the COVID-19 lockdown has been a significant drop in air pollution in cities around the world. Although the effect has been most pronounced in notoriously polluted places like New Delhi, Beijing and Los Angeles, we’ve seen improvements in Canada as well. As I…
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Ontario’s frontline workers deserve much more than applause

Workers on the front lines of our economy stock our grocery shelves, pack boxes in warehouses, and deliver our food. As COVID-19 rages on, they are facing dangerous working conditions with inadequate personal protective equipment, low wages, and a high stress load. Frontline workers did not sign up to be…
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PSE student support program: Does it pass the test? 

Key points: At least 1.17 million post secondary education (PSE) students or recent grads will use the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). They wouldn’t have been able to access the CERB. 620,000 PSE students will receive the more generous Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) instead. As the winter term winds…
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Show, don’t tell: Canada’s COVID-19 response doesn’t meet students’ needs or reflect their realities

If you’re a young person in Canada right now, chances are you’re used to the government letting you down. Whether you’re a teenager in Ontario affected by education cuts, a university student looking at climbing tuition and housing costs, or happen to live on the planet that’s being gutted for…
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Gender impact of Canada’s income supports

Key Findings 5.3 million women and 3.4 million men were jobless in April. This is up from 1.7 million women and 1.3 million men in March.  In April, 14% of jobless women and 20% of jobless men had no income supports. As a result, 731,000 jobless women and 681,000 jobless…
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