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The CCPA has calculated how much of COVID-19 spending has come from the federal government and how much has come from the provinces. Overall, 92 per cent ($343 billion) of COVID-19 direct spending initiatives, excluding liquidity and unallocated funds, came from the federal government––compared to eight per cent ($31 billion) from provincial governments.
Illustration by Michael DeForge
It has been six months since we shut down the economy to all but essential activities in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Federal and many provincial emergency measures introduced since then, though imperfect and unevenly available across Canada, have stabilized incomes and bought governments time to figure out what comes next.
The Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) Recovery Plan is an offshoot of the Alternative Federal Budget project, now in its 25th year. This project is a collaboration among organizations and researchers from a variety of sectors, populations, and areas of expertise including human rights, labour, environmental protection, anti-poverty, arts and culture, social development, child development, international development, women, Indigenous peoples, the faith-based community, students, teachers, education, and health care
OTTAWA—The federal government’s role as backstop during the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t end with the first wave of reopening—Canada needs to step up with more investments to ensure a just, equitable and sustainable recovery, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) in the 25th year of its Alternative Federal Budget project.
We worked with editor Anastasia Chipelski, freelance writers and student researchers to share the APB in this accessible format. The newspaper introduces the “Golden Boi” cartoon by Kaj Hasselriis: “After standing tall on the Manitoba Legislature for a hundred years, the Golden Boi is finally hopping down to feel the pulse of the community — at a social distance! — and to suggest positive changes for the next century”. The newspaper also includes a word puzzle and crossword!
Illustration by Maura Doyle Sometimes it takes one crisis to bring another into the light. 
In our first issue following the outbreak of COVD-19 in Canada, Monitor contributors assess the federal and provincial government responses to date and propose how we might use this moment of government activism to fix the gross inequalities in our society—by improving social programs such as employment insurance, income assistance and our health care system, for example. 
Des experts et expertes réclament des mesures à court, à moyen et à long terme afin de soutenir les collectivités et de les protéger contre les effets de la pandémie