Social Protections during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Canada: An Analysis of Strategies Around the World

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a significant public health challenge that will have social and economic repercussions for years to come. Labour markets around the world have experienced historically unprecedented levels of disruption. In 2020, 8.8% of global working hours were lost, equivalent to 225 million full-time jobs. The pandemic has led to a significant increase in global poverty, effectively erasing a decade of poverty reduction. Governments have thus faced the challenge of containing the health impact of the pandemic while responding to its social and economic impacts. It has become clear that strengthening social protection measures is an essential part of a coordinated policy response, which involves expanding access to quality healthcare and enhancing income security.