The Employment Impact of Covid-19 on Canada’s Equity Seeking Workforce

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated shutdown of businesses in many sectors has had a significant impact on the Canadian economy. The Conference Board of Canada predicts that GDP will remain stagnant during 2020, growing by just 0.3% annually after a deep contraction in the second quarter. This has resulted in a significant loss of employment across the country, with current job losses nationally exceeding 2.2m jobs, a 12% decrease between February and May 2020. While this is having important effects on many workers, it is disproportionately impacting workers from vulnerable populations. This brief examines the estimated impact of the economic shutdown on workers from Canada’s vulnerable or equityseeking groups. For the purposes of this brief, vulnerable workers and those from equity seeking groups include low-income workers, recent immigrants, visible minority workers, indigenous workers and lone-parent families.

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Canadian Poverty Institute