What We’re Reading: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada

In case you missed it, a 2020 report by the Institute for Gender and Economy (GATE) and YWCA Canada offers a compelling roadmap to address systemic racism and increase investments in childcare, housing and internet access to improve economic security for communities across Canada.

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone” outlines an eight-point plan to tackle challenges related to the economic, health and social impacts of COVID-19 on marginalized communities, including Black and Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, LGTBQ2SIA+, migrant workers, low-income populations and others facing barriers and oppression. In Canada, these communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as have millions of women who are bearing the triple duty of homeschooling, caregiving and paid work.

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada Plan Cover | Source: https://www.feministrecovery.ca/the-planRather than dispensing with equity and diversity issues in the face of the global pandemic, the report argues that considerations of gender and race are essential for a robust recovery. Eight recommendations are proposed to fortify Canada’s economy so it becomes more inclusive and resilient to future crises, with a focus on the care economy and the need to recognize childcare as an essential service. The plan also proposes immediate investments in critical infrastructure such as affordable housing, clean water and internet access – key foundational requirements for a healthy and sustainable economy that, with thoughtful planning, can emerge stronger than ever before.

Read the full summary, and download the report, here.