COVID-19 and Humanitarian Crises

26 August 2020, 10:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et les crises humanitaires) At the beginning of 2020, millions of people around the world were already in a state of significant vulnerability as a result of armed conflicts, disasters and state failure. This HillNote discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on humanitarian…

Employment Equity in Canada’s Federal Public Service

(Disponible en français : L’équité en matière d’emploi dans la fonction publique fédérale du Canada) Employment Equity: The Legal Framework The federal public service strives to achieve employment equity in its workforce; that is, it aims to correct disadvantages that particular groups face in employment. As the largest employer in Canada, the public service’s employment…

What We Know About a Potential Second Wave of COVID-19

Revised on 29 September 2020, 12:40 p.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Ce que nous savons au sujet d’une possible deuxième vague de COVID-19) Scientists have warned of a potential second wave of COVID-19 since soon after the World…

Socially Responsible Purchasing by Canada’s Federal Government

(Disponible en français : Approvisionnement socioresponsable du gouvernement du Canada) Introduction Every year, the Government of Canada spends tens of billions of dollars on procurement—that is, its purchase of goods and services. These expenses cover the needs that the federal government cannot meet with its existing employees, goods or property, and can include anything from…

Executive Summary – Food Insecurity in Northern Canada: An Overview

(Disponible en français : Résumé – L’insécurité alimentaire dans le Nord canadien : aperçu) Food insecurity is generally defined as a situation that exists when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food. In 2017–2018, 12.7% of Canadian households were food insecure, representing at least 4.4 million individuals. Food insecurity is disproportionately…

Parliamentary Diplomacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 July 2020, 9:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La diplomatie parlementaire pendant la pandémie de COVID-19) The COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges for dialogue and cooperation among the world’s legislators. Nevertheless, Canada’s federal parliamentarians are continuing with their parliamentary diplomacy. For example, the Honourable George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, and the Honourable Anthony…

Executive Summary – Language Regimes in the Provinces and Territories

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Régimes linguistiques dans les provinces et les territoires) In Canada, language is an area of shared jurisdiction between the various levels of government. Although the federal government has established its own support measures, it relies on the provinces and territories to help ensure the nationwide recognition of both official languages.…