Women are leading pandemic relief and recovery as non-profit workers, but their childcare duties are holding them back

What the pandemic is revealing about childcare in Canada

Why It Matters

Women make up between 75 and 85 percent of the non-profit workers at the forefront of pandemic relief and recovery. They also take on a disproportionate share of childcare duties, both pre-pandemic and while schools and daycares are closed. Lifting some of this burden could be critical to the pandemic recovery.

As the COVID-19 pandemic devolves into a long-term socio-economic crisis, pressures on women will be felt very strongly in the social impact sector. Although women make up about 50 percent of the labour force in Canada, in the non-profit sector, between 75 percent and 85 percent of workers are female. In March, however, women represented 70 percent of all job losses in Canada, and in May, employment among men increased at more than twice the rate of employment among women — partly because women’s work is already precarious, and partly because of

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