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Canada needs to make sure a disaster-proof social safety net is in place before the next crisis hits. That will require an inclusive, equitable strategy that supports everyone, including the most vulnerable workers.

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The pandemic is hurting Canada’s most vulnerable people

During the height of the pandemic, we were asked to stay home. But for many people, that wasn’t an option or it wasn’t safe. Shelters were pushed to their capacities and families experiencing domestic violence were prisoners in their own homes.

Canada needs to make sure an equitable, disaster-proof social safety net is in place before the next crisis.

In addition to accelerating and expanding construction of high quality, high efficiency, affordable housing, programs are needed to increase the supply of affordable rental housing. Those programs need to give priority to public, non-profit, and co-operative housing.

Canada’s low-wage workers were also hit the fastest and hardest in the pandemic. They would have received little from Employment Insurance (EI), even if they qualified for benefits. Canada got it right by fixing this issue and creating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). But as we head into recovery, workers will need an inclusive, streamlined, and simplified EI program that doesn’t disadvantage low-paid workers in non-standard employment.

Equitable investments in critical social infrastructure will ensure that no one will be left behind in Canada’s recovery efforts. 

Finally, there’s no economic recovery without a plan for child care. Access to quality, affordable child care is about economic justice for women and about increasing participation in the workforce when unemployment is at record highs.

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Canadians have weathered one of the greatest public health and economic crises in modern history. We need to continue going forward together.

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Canada needs to make sure a disaster-proof social safety net is in place before the next crisis hits. That will require an inclusive, equitable strategy that supports everyone, including the most vulnerable workers.

Sign the Petition

Send a letter

Politicians are making decisions that impact our recovery right now. Let’s make sure they know what we need: an inclusive, equitable plan that leaves no one behind. Email your Member of Parliament and MPP/MLA today.

Email your MP

Make yourself heard

Tweet your Premier and Prime Minister to reject American-style cuts and go with a Canadian plan on Twitter.

Tweet the PM

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