A lack of additional disability supports has meant that vulnerable groups have had to look to other means for supporting themselves through the pandemic.
By MICHELLE MAROTO and DAVID PETTINICCHIO
As Canadians, we like to think we’ve done a far better job responding to COVID-19 than other places, including our neighbour to the south.
Our relative success lies in swift responses to and consistent messaging about the pandemic in non-partisan ways. Nationwide physical distancing measures were done in consultation with public health officials, resulting in a national shutdown beginning in March 2020. Our understanding and approach to the pandemic has also led to a relatively more cautious recovery.
Consistent economic support was also an important pillar of the federal government’s response to COVID-19. Canadian wage earners out of work or at reduced hours received a taxable monthly basic income of $2,000 per month (the Canada Emergency Response Benefit known as the CERB), helping m...