Transitioning from CERB to EI could leave millions worse off

This analysis has been updated following federal legislative changes. Read the update here.  Fast Facts: More than 4 million Canadians will be affected when the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) winds down on September 27. 2.1 million CERB recipients will be eligible for CERB’s replacement, Canada’s revamped Employment Insurance (EI)—but…
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A Labour Day like no other

Usually the streets would be lined with thousands of workers and their families walking in solidarity in honour of Labour Day, but parades are yet another casualty of COVID-19.  Instead, workers are taking their solidarity actions online, calling for a just recovery for all. A just recovery is crucial because…
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Ontario’s “nearly $900 million” for safe schools is actually much less

An August 26 news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Education reads, “Today’s federal announcement provides $381 million to Ontario, on top of the nearly $900 million provided by the province to support provincial back-to-school plans.”  This statement is disingenuously inaccurate.  A more accurate headline would be, federal government to transfer…
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COVID-19 is worsening homelessness and insecure housing for women

Women, girls, and gender diverse people are disproportionately impacted by a loss of income during COVID-19, putting women-led households at great risk of losing their housing. A report by the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network (WNHHN) and research from the Community University Policy Alliance on Women’s Complex Homelessness at…
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