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Armine Yalnizyan

“We’ve never been so close to tackling our biggest challenges. We could yoke the strengths of a powerful new cohort of young workers and breathtaking technologies to the momentum of population aging, extreme climate events and care systems in crisis. We could make every job a good job, the foundation of tackling everything else.”

Armine Yalnizyan is the Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers and a leading voice on Canada’s economic scene. Most recently, she served on a high-level task group on women in the economy convened by the federal Ministers of Finance and Middle Class Prosperity. From 2018 to 2019, she served as a senior economic policy advisor to the federal Deputy Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada. Armine was senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Inequality Project from 2008 to 2017.

Armine writes a bi-weekly business column for the Toronto Star.  She is also a frequent contributor to Maclean’s, CBC Radio, TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, BNN’s Bloomberg Markets. She  contributed economics columns for The Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab from 2010 to 2013, and from 2012 to mid-2018 she provided weekly business commentary for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and CBC TV’s premier business show On The Money (formerly the Lang and O’Leary Exchange).  This Minute is her newsletter for up-to-the-minute commentary.

Armine was named to Macleans’ 2022 Power List as “the caring persons’ economist.” Read some of the innovative policy proposals that Armine and her collaborators have put forward.

Maximizing Potential
Framework for Recovery in a Slow Growth Economy
This memorandum was sent to select cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Privy Council Office on Friday September 5, 2020. It offered a framework for recovery from the COVID-19 economic crisis on three pillars: jobs, incomes, and public services.
A Year-By-Year Approach to Investing in Early Learning and Child Care
Articulating a Five Year Plan for Federal Funding
This memorandum was sent to the Ministry of Finance, the Privy Council Office, and the Prime Minister’s Office on October 16, 2020. It set out a five year approach for federal funding to expand access to affordable, high-quality care.
Reforming EI for the 21st Century
This memorandum was sent to select Cabinet Ministers, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Privy Council Office on October 26, 2021. It details urgent reforms needed to Canada's employment insurance system with regards to access and eligibility, benefit levels, benefit durations, and financing by the federal government.

The opinions expressed by the Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers do not represent those of the Atkinson Foundation.

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