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Inequality and poverty
"It is certainly driven by young people,” Martin O’Hanlon, the president of CWA Canada told Kevin Philipupillai for his feature article on the Alphabet Workers' Union. “The new generation that are coming up have a different sense of what’s right, and they’re more sensitive to the fact that if their coworkers aren’t being respected for their diversity and their differences, that they’ve got to stand up and fight for that.”
The purpose of this report is to underline the cost to the provincial governments of not addressing the needs of the population. The Atlantic region has had to invest to deal with the pandemic, first in terms of health care resources, and second, in terms of the social and economic impact of pandemic mitigation strategies. Thus far, our health care system has been fortunate to not have been as strained as other places in Canada that saw more infections and hospitalizations. As such, our governments have been able to largely rely on spending that has come from the federal government.
Le but de ce rapport est de souligner le coût pour les gouvernements provinciaux qui ne répondent pas aux besoins de la population. La région de l’Atlantique a dû investir pour faire face à la pandémie, premièrement en termes de ressources en soins de santé, et deuxièmement, en termes de l’impact socio-économique des stratégies d’atténuation de la pandémie. Jusqu’à présent, nous avons eu la chance que notre réseau de soins de santé n’ait pas été aussi sollicité que celui d’autres endroits au Canada qui ont connu plus d’infections et d’hospitalisations.
La pauvreté coûte en Nouvelle-Écosse La pauvreté coûte au Nouveau-Brunswick
Poverty Costs in Nova Scotia Poverty Costs in New Brunswick Poverty Costs in Newfoundland and Labrador
Today the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS), along with partners in each Atlantic province, released The Cost of Poverty in the Atlantic Provinces. The report provides the total cost of poverty in the Atlantic provinces, which ranges from $2 billion per year in Nova Scotia to $273 million in Prince Edward Island. It costs close to $959 million in Newfoundland and Labrador and $1.4 billion in New Brunswick.
This report looks at the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic security of women in Canada and the current efforts to respond to urgent economic need in the short- to medium-term, as well as demands for fundamental systemic change moving forward. Do Canada’s pandemic responses measure up? Are they providing essential financial support to those in need? Are they working to eliminate systemic barriers facing women—and marginalized women, in particular—in the labour market?
OTTAWA—On International Women’s Day and ahead of the 2021 federal budget, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives argues that targeted government action is needed to support women, who have borne the brunt of the economic impacts of COVID-19. The report, Women, work and COVID-19: Priorities for supporting women and the economy, analyzes the impact a year of COVID-19 has had on women in the labour market and recommends policy measures to address the crisis.
This report tracks Canadian income inequality through 75 years of growth and recessions and speculates about the post-COVID-19 future. It emphasizes the importance of the economic paradigms informing the public policies which have shaped, and will shape, inequality and how the problems that one paradigm could not solve have informed the emergence of the next paradigm.