An in-depth conversation with Karina Gould, Canada’s new Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Gould brings experience as the Minister for International Development to this domestic portfolio

Why It Matters

Communities are still devastated by COVID-19, particularly those who were already marginalized and oppressed pre-pandemic. The ministry Gould takes over will be primarily responsible for these communities’ recovery — not to mention building relationships with the social purpose sector to achieve that recovery.

Minister Karina Gould has her work cut out for her. 

This month’s cabinet shuffle saw Gould move from the international development file to the role of Minister of Families, Children and Social Development — and many Canadian families and communities are in a tough spot, still reeling from the pandemic’s social and economic ripple effects.

Gould is also the minister who, arguably, works most closely with the social purpose sector. Given this, Future of Good’s CEO and publisher, Vinod Rajasekaran sat down with Gould to ask about her vision for the ministry, for the future of Canadian communities, and the relationship between the social purpose sector and the government. 

Vinod Rajasekaran: Let’s talk about COVID response. Social development is one of the ministries that has actively responded, supporting people at the margins. What still needs t


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