Preventing A Lockdown Generation – YWCA Canada Report 2021

The last year and a half has challenged us all, especially young people.

From frustrating school disruptions to heartbreaking job layoffs to the concerning mental health crisis, this is not how young people envisioned starting out their adult lives. If we don’t do something about it, young people in Canada may be dealing with the economic and social fallout from this pandemic for the next 10 years.

Given the unprecedented threat to young people’s prospects and potential, we need a unique approach that meets the moment with urgency and ambition.

That’s why YWCA Canada are proud to launch our report, ‘Preventing a Lockdown Generation – A plan to support Canada’s youth in post-pandemic recovery’ in partnership with YMCA Canada.

The report features a 6-pronged roadmap that offers a range of actions the Federal government and others can take to support young people in post-pandemic recovery and prevent what the International Labour Organization has called a ‘lockdown generation’. This includes prioritizing meaningful employment for young people, supporting their mental health, and ensuring safe and secure housing for all through measures that combat homelessness and the housing affordability crisis.

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