In the span of a few months, Canada went from one of the tightest job markets in recent history to record unemployment and reduced hours with an unprecedented rapidity. As we reopen across the country and move into recovery, we know that available jobs and the skills required will change. Canadians will need reskilling, upskilling, and skills training programs to get them back to work.
The federal government has a Supply Chain Council, which represents a good start in representing inclusive voices in our economic recovery. The Council includes representatives from business, labour, and nonprofits, as well as women-led, academics, and aboriginal businesses. This model should be replicated across all levels of government.
As employees continue and return to work, the key to successful work reintegration and economic recovery for parents is the availability of reliable and affordable child care. We must appreciate that the female workforce – as employees, as business owners, and as entrepreneurs – is bearing the brunt in terms of earnings, advancement, mental health, and work/parenting choices. There will be no inclusive recovery – or recovery period- without the participation of women in the workforce.
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