When the landmark $755-million Social Finance Fund was first announced in 2018, the government could never have expected the circumstances they would face in 2020 – the year the fund was expected to launch.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of Canadians in desperate need of support. The economic impact has been devastating, particularly for low-income Canadians. Businesses are struggling to stay afloat and unemployment has been soaring. More than eight million people have applied to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit so far.
For Canada’s most vulnerable people, COVID-19’s impact has been particularly severe. The disease has disproportionately affected the elderly, with 80 percent of deaths in care homes. It is having a profound social impact, too. Reports suggest domestic violence has increased by 20 to 30 percent in some regions, the government has said.
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