Every day there are new announcements from the Prime Minister and Premiers to combat the spread and impacts of COVID-19 – on our health, our work, and our economy. We’re following economist Jim Stanford’s work to help make sense of the policy changes that are promised – and the ones we need – in this urgent moment.
In a column at the Toronto Star, Jim calls on us to recognize the critical contributions of undervalued workers including cleaners, cashiers, and child-care workers – and to change our systems to make sure their work is protected and valued.
Addressing policy proposals on the table, Jim weighs the pros, cons, and next steps on the Canadian government’s support package, from March 18, 2020.
How does the Canadian response stack up to those from other governments around the world? Jim has catalogued all the international initiatives here.
Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work, and divides his time between Vancouver and Sydney. Follow him on Twitter @JimboStanford.
PHOTO CREDIT: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star File Photo