Racialized and Indigenous workers are bearing the brunt of pandemic job loss

The pandemic’s tightening grip and government efforts to strengthen public health measures are impacting employment in Canada: we lost 63,000 jobs between November and December 2020. And with additional necessary public health measures this winter, we can expect even more job losses—especially among Black, Indigenous and other racialized workers who…
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Looking at COVID-19 through an LFS lens

The COVID-19 crisis has repeatedly demonstrated the profound inequities of our labour market and social safety net. The situation has been particularly acute for low wage, precarious workers, those with the fewest legal protections and the fewest resources to weather this storm.  With 2020 drawing to a close, we compiled…
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From Response to Recovery: How Canada can support families and children beyond COVID-19

With the recent release of the federal government’s fall economic statement, Canadians got their first official overview of the government’s fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments in Canada have implemented or announced $382.4-billion in fiscal measures, according to the federal government’s statement. Numbers of this magnitude are hard to…
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New federal climate plan hindered by commitment to fossil fuel production

Five years after the negotiation of the Paris agreement, the federal government is finally starting to walk the talk on climate change. Canada’s updated climate action plan, released December 11, is the most serious piece of climate policy we’ve yet seen from this government. It comes alongside new measures announced…
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