How to shore up workers struggling under COVID-19 and plan for the future we want

The coronavirus is bringing to light the gaping holes in our income security system that require more than one-off fixes

Every crisis, it is said, also provides us with an opportunity. Government responses to the economic and social emergency caused by COVID-19 must deal with the immediate impacts on vulnerable workers and communities, but also move us towards our longer term goals.

The pandemic has already hit many vulnerable workers hard and with hundreds of thousands already applying for EI, unemployment is set to rise very sharply. The federal government has responded with an appropriate first step by announcing major spending packages.

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