Budget 2021: We need to invest in youth to prevent a lockdown generation 

Canada won’t have an economic recovery without an action plan that addresses the impacts of the pandemic on youth

A few things keep me up at night, but at the top of the list is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people, especially young women.

There is an overwhelming body of evidence that demonstrates that women have faced the brunt of the pandemic, from unprecedented job losses to the impact of increasing unpaid care work and the devastating rise in gender-based violence across the country. As coined by economist Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers, the “she-cession” has been relentless in reversing decades of hard-fought gains to advance gender equality in the workplace.

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