As the economy restarts, Canada needs to focus on those hardest hit by the pandemic

May 23, 2020 - News

The challenge for governments remains getting help to those affected most and ensuring our attention to fairness and inclusivity continues even after the COVID-19 emergency has passed, write Pedro Barata, Wendy Cukier and Andrew Parkin.

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered a sudden reversal of Canada’s employment picture: sliding from enjoying one of the lowest unemployment rates in decades to job loss or underemployment for millions of Canadians. But results from a large national survey show that, on the whole, Canadians did not lose confidence in themselves or in the social safety net as the pandemic took hold.

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