Roadmap for a Fair, Inclusive and Resilient Economic Recovery
The Build Back Better campaign sets out a road map to achieve resilience, equity and environmental sustainability in the years ahead.
Canada is facing an important choice: continue down a path of inequality and greed or turn our collective effort towards addressing today’s pressing challenges. As we move toward economic recovery, it must be economic recovery for all, not just for the rich and select private corporations.
We already know that strong government action to build programs and infrastructure is the fastest way to rebuild an economy after a crisis.
By focusing on eliminating the crises that already existed, the government can build a fair, inclusive and resilient economy that benefits all of Canada’s workers.
No worker should live in poverty. Government must build a robust income security system that repairs Employment Insurance, strengthens employment standards and increases employment security. Canada’s workers deserve better now and in the future.
Green Jobs and Decarbonization
Canada needs a massive, historic investment in clean technology, green infrastructure and associated job creation. We can get there by focusing a permanent transit fund on emissions-free technology, building and retrofitting affordable housing to reduce environmental impact, investing in clean innovation in auto and other sectors and establishing a targeted just transition fund.
Governments must move rapidly on long-overdue investments in public infrastructure.They should use this opportunity to end long-term drinking water advisories on First Nations reserves. Requiring that tools, materials and equipment are sourced from Canadian suppliers, wherever possible, would catalyze domestic production.
Rebuilding Domestic Industrial Capacity
The ability to build and create in Canada matters. A renewed policy environment with a dual focus on incentivizing technological advancement and requiring job creation all along the supply chain is required.
Strong, Enforceable Conditions on Corporate Support Packages
The depth of this crisis indicates corporations large and small will be in need of loans and grants in order to withstand the sharp decline in demand for products and services. Government must ensure any rescue packages are accompanied by strong, enforceable conditions that direct benefits to workers, not executives and shareholders.
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