A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada

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Released July 28, 2020 – Toronto

On every front, the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded hard-fought gains to gender equity. From massive layoffs to increased unpaid work to the rise of domestic violence, women have been disproportionately impacted by the health and economic crisis of COVID-19.

Released today, the ‘A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone’ report co-authored by the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and YWCA Canada offers an 8-point Plan to tackle systemic barriers and improve economic security for women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.


The eight pillars of the Plan’s include:

1)     Intersectionality: Understanding Power

2)     Addressing Root Causes of Systemic Racism

3)     Care Work is Essential Work

4)     Investing in Good Jobs

5)     Fighting the Shadow Pandemic

6)     Bolstering Small Businesses

7)     Strengthening Infrastructure for Recovery

8)     Diverse Voices in Decisions


Within Canada, in March 2020, women represented 70% of all job losses in the core demographic aged 25 to 54 years.

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