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Climate inequality defines the present; don’t let it define the future

The people who are least responsible for climate change will feel its effects the hardest. It's time for policy-makers to address that injustice.

Education: Inequality’s solution or great reinforcer?

For the unlucky children born on the lower rungs of Canada's ladder of inequality, accessing quality education is hard. It doesn't need to be this way.

How the CCPA sparked a national conversation about income inequality

Understanding inequality, and providing policymakers the tools to combat it, is a role the CCPA is happy to fill.

Poverty in the Midst of COVID-19

For policy-makers, perhaps the most obvious lesson of the pandemic is that poverty, including child poverty, can be reduced much more quickly than Ontario has done in recent years. Timid policies that unfold incrementally over decades are of no use to children who will be grown up before we finally get around to taking action.

Breakfast of champions

The 100 best-paid CEOs in Canada broke every compensation record in the books in 2021, some of which reflects excess corporate profits due to record-high inflation.

The crisis in the care economy shows no sign of letting up

Bumpy Ride Fall 2022 Update #6: Workers in the care economy have been battered over the past two years, and that crisis shows no signs of slowing.

Feminist Leadership makes all the difference in CUPE strike

The labour movement is a women’s movement. Bringing a feminist perspective to labour makes it stronger.

The pandemic has accelerated the exit of older workers

Bumpy Ride Fall 2022 Update #4: A new trend is emerging—women workers taking early retirement, especially in pandemic-affected industries.

Low-wage workers are most exposed to spiralling costs

Bumpy Ride Fall 2022 Update #3: Fall 2022 labour force data shows that pandemic-vulnerable sectors still have not recovered from COVID-19.

A tale of two pandemics: the rich and the rest of us

On the whole, Canada’s richest one per cent got a decent raise in the first year of the pandemic; the bottom 50 per cent? Not so much.

The racialized employment gap is narrowing but barriers persist

Bumpy Ride Fall 2022 Update #2: Looking at the racialized employment gap among women workers in the Fall 2022 labour force data

Women’s employment rate trending below spring highs

Bumpy Ride Fall 2022 Update #1: Labour market data from Fall 2022 shows an uneven recovery for women workers.

Five things to know about Ontario’s strikebreaking law

The Ontario government just declared war on the constitutionally protected right to strike, using the notwithstanding clause.

An unexpected consequence of the pandemic: Poverty declined sharply in Canada

Pandemic supports, mostly from the federal government, contributed to the largest one-year reduction in poverty in nearly 50 years.

6 things you need to know about income inequality in Canada

Income inequality went down between 2015 and 2020, thanks to government supports. But COVID-19 economic shutdowns threw a wrench into the works.