Master Post: Policy Responses to COVID-19

August 12, 2020 by CIRHR Communications

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. Last update: August 12, 2020.


Kourtney Koebel and Dionne Pohler (May 2020). Labor Markets in Crisis: The Causal Impact of Canada’s COVD-19 Economic Shutdown on Hours Worked for Workers Across the Earnings Distribution. Canadian Labour Economics Forum Working Paper Series, Spring-Summer 2020, WP #25


July 17th, 2020: Sharing Work and Employment Insurance Benefits in the COVID-19 “New Normal” by Frank Reid

July 6th, 2020: 4 lessons I learned virtually onboarding employees a week into a brand-new role by Rajesh Uttamchandani

June 28th, 2020: Working from home makes sense for some, but we can't afford to sacrifice serendipity by Rajesh Uttamchandani

June 15th, 2020: Better public child care is the engine we need for recovery post-coronavirus by Elizabeth Dhuey, originally published in the Conversation

May 20, 2020: Coronavirus and the City: Neighbourhoods - Rafael Gomez is one of the uban leaders asked by the School of Cities, "Aside from rent relief programs, what's the single most impactful way to ensure that neighbourhoods and local businesses can continue to thrive?"

May 19, 2010: Co-operatives in a Time of Crisis Conversation - Dionne Pohler in conversation with the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives (University of Saskatchewan) 

April 24, 2020: What Not “Caring” for Our “Caring Economy” Has Brought Us: Or Why Canada's lockdown was necessary, but not inevitable by Rafael Gomez, published in a special edition of the CIRHR Library's PWR: work&labour news&research

March 24, 2020: Relaxing Restrictions on Occupational Licensing as a Response to COVID-19 by Morley Gunderson, Tingting Zhang, and Rafael Gomez. Also published on the Canadian Law of Work Forum.

March 17, 2020: Targeted Basic Income: An Equitable Policy Response to COVID-19 by Dionne Pohler, Rafael Gomez, Kourtney Koebel of the CIRHR and Marc-Andre Pigeon and Murray Fulton of the University of Saskatchewan. Also published in The National Post.

Ongoing: COVID-19 on Michael Fitzgibbon's law blog


August 11, 2020: On Each for All, Dionne Pohler's Co-operatives in a Time of Crisis conversation is broadcast

August 1, 2020: In Francopresse, Rafael Gomez discusses how work has changed during the the pandemic

July 17, 2020: On Bloomberg Markets, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses the pandemic's dispropotionate affect on women in the workplace

July 15, 2020: On CTV News, Kourtney Koebel discusses implementing basic income in Canada (5:34, video)

July 11, 2020: In the Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Dhuey comments on daycare issues affecting women’s career in the long term.

May 6, 2020: On Newstalk 1010, Rafael Gomez comments on the unemployment rate's usefulness as an indicator

April 30, 2020: On TVO's The Agenda, Rafael Gomez discusses COVID-19’s impact on small and medium size businesses

April 22, 2020: Speaking to Global News, Dionne Pohler discusses implementing a targeted basic income

April 22, 2020: In the National Post, Rafael Gomez discusses wages and working conditions for unionized and non-unionized grocery store workers

March 25, 2020: On CBC Radio's Ontario Today, Rafael Gomez discusses essential work and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit 

March 24, 2020: In a Spanish-language Radio Canada Internacional article, Rafael Gomez discusses the economic measures taken by the Canadian government

March 23, 2020: In a Toronto Star article, Rafael Gomez explains why it is important for the government to provide income for those who need it the most