Executive Summary

Not only is the COVID-19 pandemic an unprecedented stress test on our healthcare infrastructure, but on the way we value workers, and on the way we work. The ability to work remotely is, at the best of times, a privilege not afforded to many. According to Statistics Canada census data from 2016, only 7.5 percent of workers usually worked at the same address as their home, with significant variation by occupation and industry. The closure of schools and all non-essential businesses means that more people are working remotely than ever before. Within this context, we must attend to how gender inequality can be mitigated or intensified for those who are fortunate to work from home.

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Policy brief prepared by:

KIM DE LAAT, POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, OF THE INSTITUTE FOR GENDER AND THE ECONOMY AT THE ROTMAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.