ABOUT THE PLAN

YWCA Canada and the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto launched the ‘A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone’ on July 28th, 2020.

The Plan features 8 pillars and 27 recommendations focused on advancing gender equality and inclusion in Canada’s economy.

The eight pillars of the Plan 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

View the full plan at www.feministrecovery.ca

The Plan was co-authored by Anjum Sultana, the Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada and Carmina Ravanera, Research Associate at GATE. Maya Roy, CEO of YWCA Canada and Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director of GATE serve as Strategic Leads. Anjum Sultana is the Operations Lead for the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada initiative.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed Canada. 

“There is no question – the COVID-19 pandemic is going to hit women and their families the hardest. During times of crisis, it’s important to bolster support for Canada’s most vulnerable communities.” – Maya Roy, CEO, YWCA Canada

Globally, women, girls and gender-diverse people will be disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, and that will be the case in Canada as well. In times of uncertainty, existing inequality will be amplified. We are already seeing an increased need to address gender-based violence, improve access to economic security and invest in essential services.

If left unchecked, the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate gender inequities and make it difficult for women, girls and gender-diverse people to survive, let alone thrive in society. To heal our nation from this current crisis and alleviate existing economic and social ills, we must take a feminist approach to our recovery.

That’s why YWCA Canada is calling for the Government of Canada to implement their 8-point plan.

The eight pillars of the Plan 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

View the full plan at www.feministrecovery.ca

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

On July 28th, we released the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan, the first nationally-focused one in the world. Since then, we’ve seen immense interest and uptake of our Plan and its recommendations across Canada and around the world. See below a summary of our public engagement work to date.

 

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Podcasts 

RESOURCES

A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada
Lessons from Canada and Hawaii - Analyzing Feminist Recovery Plans