Biannual Update on the Canadian Economy: First and Second Quarters of 2020

(Disponible en français : Bilan semestriel de l’économie canadienne : les premier et deuxième trimestres de 2020) This HillNote highlights key trends of the Canadian economy in the first and second quarters of 2020. Over that period, Canadian real gross domestic product (GDP) experienced a double-digit decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment rate…

The United Nations at 75: “Imperfect but indispensable”?

(Disponible en français : Les Nations Unies, 75 ans plus tard : « imparfaites, mais indispensables »?) At a 21 September 2020 high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the United Nations’ (UN’s) member states adopted a declaration commemorating the organization’s 75th anniversary. The declaration noted that no other global organization has the…

Rebuilding Better: Calls for a Green, Inclusive, Sustainable Economic Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 September 2020, 8:55 a.m. (Disponible en français : Reconstruire en mieux : appels en faveur d’une relance économique verte, inclusive et durable après la pandémie de COVID‑19) Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been numerous calls from international institutions, civil society, researchers and the private sector for countries to avoid…

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…

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…

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…

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rights of Persons with Disabilities

2 July 2020, 11:45 a.m. (Disponible en français : La pandémie de COVID-19 et les droits des personnes handicapées) The COVID-19 pandemic presents multiple risks to the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities. Approximately 6.2 million Canadians over the age of 15 live with one or more disabilities. Although definitions vary, the Accessible Canada…

The Shape of Things to Come

2 July 2020, 8:30 a.m. (Disponible en français : La forme que prendront les choses à l’avenir) The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rapid global economic contraction. Many forecasters are predicting an economic downturn not seen since the Great Depression. In Canada, as in other countries, protective measures such as lockdowns to contain the spread…

Impacts of COVID-19 on Employment in Canada by Sector

25 June 2020, 9:20 a.m. (Disponible en français : Impacts de la COVID-19 sur l’emploi au Canada par secteur d’activité) COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have reduced Canadian economic activity, particularly in certain sectors, as discussed in the HillNote Impacts of COVID-19 on Selected Sectors of Canada’s Economy. The employment impacts in March (week of 15−21), April (week of…