The federal government has taken -- and continues to take -- swift and bold actions in response to COVID-19. However, important budgetary and policy decisions will need to be made in the near future about how to emerge from this crisis in a way that strengthens our resilience and prosperity.
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The CCEDNet team thanks our members for your commitment to the community over the last few weeks as we collectively face this unprecedented health crisis.
COVID-19 has exposed and significantly increased pre-existing racial inequities in Canada. The policy responses by different orders of government have failed to redress structural and systemic disadvantages along racial lines.
One of the biggest differences between the COVID-19 pandemic and past crises is that this time, the kids are at home. With schools and childcare centres shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, parents and caregivers have had to find ways to keep their children supervised and educated while simultaneously trying to maintain their own livelihoods — and mental health. The effects of this have been profound for Canadian families of all kinds. After months of life under COVID-19, the consensus is clear: we can’t go on like this.
On August 8, CCEDNet organized a meeting between members of the People-Centred Economy Group (PCE Group) and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
In its February 2004 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Canada identified the “social economy” as a new federal priority. Social Economy encompasses activities that are built on democratic values and are distinct from the public sector and the commercial economy. The social economy is ‘economic’ in that it involves the production of goods or services.