Income Supports and Other Protections Available to Federally Regulated Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 January 2021, 9:00 a.m. (Disponible en français : Mesures de soutien du revenu et autres protections offertes aux employés de milieux de travail sous réglementation fédérale pendant la pandémie de COVID-19) Some 900,000 employees work in Canada’s 18,000 federally regulated workplaces. Under the Canada Labour Code (Code), employers in these workplaces must ensure the health…

COVID-19 and Selected Artificial Intelligence Research and Applications

(Disponible en français : La COVID-19 et certains services et applications d’intelligence artificielle) Given their capacity to tackle problems by combing vast stores of data using considerable computational power, Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are valuable tools in the fight against COVID-19. The term “artificial intelligence” refers to replicating human cognitive and predictive abilities by artificial…

Inequities in COVID-19 Health Outcomes: The Need for Race- and Ethnicity-Based Data

8 December 2020, 8:50 a.m. (Disponible en français : Inégalités des répercussions en santé de la COVID‑19 : besoin de données sur la race et l’ethnie) For Indigenous peoples, Black Canadians and other racialized groups, race and racism are important social determinants of health. Social determinants of health may contribute to negative health outcomes or…

Long-Term Care Homes in Canada – The Impact of COVID-19

Revised on 5 January 2021, 11:50 a.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : Les répercussions de la COVID-19 sur les foyers de soins de longue durée au Canada) According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at Ryerson University,…

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…