Master Post: Policy Responses to COVID-19

September 16, 2021 by CIRHR Communications

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. Last update: September 16, 2021.


Gunderson, M. (2021) Are Our Labour Laws Still Relevant for Teleworking?. Fraser Institute

Baker, John, Koebel, Kourtney and Tedds,  Lindsay (2021) Gender Disparities in the Labour Market? Examining the COVID-19 Pandemic in Alberta. SPP Research Paper. University of Calgary School of Public Policy.

Gallagher-Mackay, Kelly; Srivastava, Prachi; Underwood, Kathryn; Dhuey, Elizabeth; McCready, Lance; Born, Karen; Maltsev, Antonina; Perkhun, Anna; Steiner, Robert; Barrett, Kali; and Sander, Beate, (2021). "COVID-19 and Education Disruption in Ontario: Emerging Evidence on ImpactsLaw and Society Faculty Publications. 1.

Saks, A., & Gruman, J. (2021). How do you socialize newcomers during a pandemic? Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 14(1-2), 217-220. doi:10.1017/iop.2021.44

Kourtney Koebel, Dionne Pohler, Rafael Gomez, Akshay Mohan, (2021) Public Policy in a Time of Crisis: A Framework for Evaluating Canada’s COVID-19 Income Support ProgramsCanadian Public Policy

Koebel, K., & Pohler, D. (2020). Labor markets in crisis: The double liability of low-wage work during COVID-19, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society (Berkeley). Forthcoming.

Dionne Pohler (2020). Elections in the Time of COVID: The Economic Effects of COVID-19 on the 2020 Saskatchewan Election. In The Saskatchewan Election: A 2020 Perspective e-book. Loleen Berdahl, Dale Eisler, Jim Farney, Ken Rasmussen (Eds.) Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Gunderson, M. (2020). Playbook for Labour Policies for Novel Shocks Such as COVID-19. Canadian Public Policy, 46(S2), S182–S191.

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 7th, 2021: Evidence suggests there was no benefit to Ontario closing its schools by Ambarish Chandra and Elizabeth Dhuey

June 10th, 2021: School closures have been hard on students and the economy by Elizabeth Dhuey and Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

April 20th, 2021: Ontario has a better option than paid sick days by Dionne Pohler

March 8th, 2021: A year of COVID-19 has illuminated the urgent need for paid sick days, by Nita Chhinzer

September 9th, 2020: Labour Policies for Novel Shocks such as COVID-19 by Morley Gunderson

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.


September 15, 2021: On Global News, Rafael Gomez discusses the impact of Ontario's Bill 124 on the nurse shortage

September 5, 2021: On Global News, Rafael Gomez discusses Canada's job vacancy rates

August 24, 2021: In the Toronto StarRafael Gomez discusses workplace safety and the right to refuse unsafe work

June 17, 2021: In Insauga, Beth Dhuey discusses the the cost of disrupted schooling for everyone

June 15, 2021: In UofT News, Beth Dhuey discusses the impact of COVID-19 school closures accelerate education inequities in Ontario

April 28, 2012: In CourseCompare, Annie Pan discusses how the pandemic has shaped what jobs are in demand

April 22, 2021: On CP 24, Dionne Pohler discusses possibilities for provicial paid sick days (video) 

April 18, 2021: In the Hindustan Times, Dionne Pohler discusses the possibility of a universal basic income in the upcoming federal budget

March 29, 2021: In the Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses Canada's job recovery following the pandemic

March 9, 2021: In the Globe and Mail, a report prepared by Morley Gunderson for the 2015 Changing Workplaces Review is cited in a discussion of paid sick days

March 8, 2021: Speaking to the Candian Press, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses strategies to support women workers in the economic recovery

February 4, 2021: Speaking to CBC News, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses the new skills students develop through online learning

December 4, 2020: In the Globe and Mail, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses the impact of childcare on women's job gains

October 8, 2020: On TVO's The Agenda, Akshay Mohan discusses the post-secondary student experience during the pandemic

September 21, 2020: On TVO's The Agenda, Rafael Gomez discusses the impact of the pandemic on restaurants and the hospitality industry

September 14, 2020: On TVO's The Agenda, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses the need to address child care as part of the economic recovery 

September 8, 2020: In the Toronto Star, Dionne Pohler discusses the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and supporting Canadian workers

August 26, 2020: In the Huffington Post, Elizabeth Dhuey discusses the choice to seek post-secondary education during a recession

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