While Canada struggles to keep COVID-19 infection rates down, government policy-makers have turned their minds to post-pandemic recovery and how to revive the economy. What has been made abundantly clear after six months of deep economic and social disruption is that certain Canadians – and certain regions, particularly rural areas – have been disproportionately impacted by the outbreak. Women, low-wage workers, young Canadians, racialized Canadians, Canadians with disabilities and living with mental illness, and those without access to reliable internet services are some of the groups with a longer ladder to climb out of the financial crater created by the pandemic.

How can we ensure that existing inequalities (or new ones) aren’t glossed over during post-pandemic recovery planning? This feature series includes voices from across the country, offering insights into how public policy should be shaped to address the most vulnerable.

Photo: People wear face masks as they walk along a street in Montreal, on Sept. 5, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes