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COVID-19 signpost: A snapshot of COVID in Canada’s cities at day 300

This report from the Canadian Urban Institute provides a snapshot of Canadian cities at days 100, 200 and 300 in relation to the start of the COVID0-19 pandemic. It highlights how COVID-19 has deepened existing inequalities for racialized communities, seniors, women and people living with disabilities. It also emphasizes the need for neighbourhood-level data in order to fully understand the impacts of the pandemic.

Making the link: Improving health and health equity through strong social protection systems

This report from the EuroHealthNet Policy Précis series describes approaches taken by the European Union, United Nations and other international organizations to social protection policies and social welfare spending. The policies in question specifically support health and health equity, recovery from COVID-19 and working toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

Pandemic proof: Synthesizing real-world knowledge of promising mental health and substance use practices utilized during the COVID19 pandemic with young people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness

This report from Thulien et al. presents the findings of a survey and focus groups on promising approaches used during the COVID-19 pandemic. The approaches studied were those used to address mental health and substance use for youth in Canada related to homelessness, including recommendations for practice, research and policy.

Protecting and supporting vulnerable groups through the Covid-19 crisis

This report from the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development summarizes responses from a survey of academics and practitioners on vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19. It also examines policy responses currently in place and the gendered dimensions of policies to encourage policy responses that are more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups.

Impact of COVID-19: Black Canadian perspectives

This report from the African-Canadian Civic Engagement Council and Innovative Research Group presents the results of a research study exploring perceptions of Black Canadians about the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, demonstrating poorer health outcomes, greater occupational exposure and greater financial impact of COVID-19 for Black Canadians.

COVID-19 in immigrants, refugees and other newcomers in Ontario: Characteristics of those tested and those confirmed positive, as of June 13, 2020

This report from ICES (formerly the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) examines COVID-19 testing rates and test positivity for immigrants and refugees in Ontario up to June 13, 2020. Their results demonstrate a higher impact on those living in lower-income areas with high proportions of both immigrants and racialized populations. 

"More exposed and less protected" in Canada: Systematic racism and COVID-19

This report from Western University’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children highlights how systemic bias makes Black, Indigenous and people or colour (BIPOC) more vulnerable to COVID-19. It focuses on the areas of healthcare, labour/housing and community support and includes recommendations to address these disparities.

From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19

Released in October 2020, this annual report of the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) of Canada reviews how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequities across the country. This year’s edition builds on the CPHO’s 2019 report, titled Addressing stigma towards a more inclusive health system.

Alternative federal budget recovery plan

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ 2020 Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan takes a health-in-all-policies approach to planning for a just recovery from COVID-19. The plan outlines concrete plans for a caring economy, income support, healthier

Measuring what counts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Equity indicators for public health

As the spread and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated in Canada and the world, we find ourselves in a cycle of planning, response and recovery. The National Collaborating Centres for Infectious Diseases and Determinants of Health (NCCID and NCCDH, respectively) have responded by reviewing lessons learned and recommendations on health equity from past pandemics in Canada.

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