Advocates have long criticized social-assistance programs as humiliating and over-regulated. Justin Trudeau’s recent moves suggest an overhaul could be coming.
Many low-income or homeless Canadians applied and received the CERB benefit without qualifying. Advocates say the government making them pay it back will cause a poverty crisis.
Many sex workers are ineligible for government aid, despite suffering income loss amid the pandemic. Edmonton's escort and body rub parlour licences made it possible for sex workers to get help.
It's too soon to relax physical distancing measures; Canada has new guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes, which account for many of Canada's 734 deaths.
Canada’s COVID-19-related unemployment crisis makes the case for a guaranteed liveable income. Economists say the CERB and wage subsidies show the need for a universal basic income.