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Click here to read the full report online. The COVID-19 pandemic that swept the globe in 2020 not only threatened people’s health but exposed and exacerbated entrenched inequalities. Women bore the brunt. Three years later, the acute phase of the pandemic is over, but women are still in recovery mode.
Pay discrimination and inequality persist in Manitoba, with women earning on average 71 per cent of what men earn. Pay inequity is a long-standing issue that has been amplified by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic hit women workers hard: women lost jobs at a higher rate than men and were slower to re-enter the labour force.
For Immediate Release (Winnipeg, Treaty One): A new report published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is being launched at a press conference:  
Click here to read the full report. Canada introduced unprecedented relief measures in the early days of the pandemic to offset the huge losses resulting from necessary public health closures. Looking back, how did those measures stack up? Did they address the pandemic's heavy toll on women and other marginalized communities?
Vancouver, unceded Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) homelands – A coalition of more than 125 leading BC organizations, academics, and advocates are calling on the BC government to urgently enact pay equity legislation.
This spring, Global Affairs Canada sought advice on the development of a reciprocal procurement policy that would “reduce access to Canadian federal procurement opportunities for foreign suppliers, goods, and services from countries that do not provide a comparable level of access to Canadian suppliers.” The department frames the policy as a means of ensuring fairness and mutual benefit in Canada’s international trade relationships. 
This Labour Market Update looks at the experiences of female workers over the last two years, from 2019 to 2021. The analysis reveals that Canada’s economic recovery has proven to be as unequal as the initial downturn. It draws on the annual and monthly Labour Force Survey and other related sources of information, highlighting differences between women and men as well as between different groups of women.
OTTAWA—Women’s wages are not keeping pace with surging inflation overall, according to one key finding from a new report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the many ways in which inequality is baked into our economy and institutions. The crisis in care work predates the pandemic, rooted in the deeply gendered treatment and positioning of care work, intersecting with racist and ableist stereotypes and immigration policies designed to service Canada’s care deficit. A structural re-think and systemic change is needed.
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 14, 2022