2021-22 Policy Reports

In Canada, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted men and women differently in a variety of ways. Female-dominated industries were among the hardest hit in Canada, resulting in a greater job loss for women than men. Additionally, since women often bear the bulk of childcare responsibilities and lockdowns resulting in school closures, women experienced significant challenges when re-entering the workforce. 

Analysts: Nicole Jarrett and Marly Augustine
Team Lead: Mehreen Yousaf
April 2022

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Indigenous People are significantly overrepresented in Canada’s homeless population, which has its roots in colonialism, cultural genocide, and violence. What contributes to Indigenous communities being impacted by higher rates of homelessness and what solutions are there to support communities?

Analysts: Aisha O'Gilvie and Anna Lazaris 
Team Lead: Sabina Ficociello
April 2022

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Analyst: Delaney Murphy, Pratik Bhalerao, and Anna Hardie
Team Lead: Madison Ropac 
April 2022

Ocean View

To be successful, just transition strategies aimed at greening the economy must acknowledge the unique economic, social and environmental circumstances of individual countries. This report focuses on three aspects of Canada’s social, economic and environmental landscape that exemplify opportunities to make just transition a reality.

Analyst: Anastasia Triadafilopoulos, Pierre Sarlieve, and Kieran Kreidié-Akazaki
Team Lead: Matt Frola
April 2022

Sustainable Energy

Resettling Afghan Refugees 

Given the Government of Canada’s commitment to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, how can Canada implement a more holistic approach that better addresses the needs of Afghan refugees?

Analyst: Jacob O'Connor, Katie Bolissian, and Layal Hallal
Team Lead: Benjamin Burgar
April 2022

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Supporting Special Sector Recovery 

How can the Government of Ontario increase Indigenous participation in skilled trades to address the sector's ongoing labour shortage?

Analyst: Noah Gurr and Zacharias Grigoriadis
Team Lead: An Nguyen Beekhof
April 2022

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Using AI in Immigration Decision-Making

Artificial intelligence and algorithmic processing have been widely explored in their application in various sectors. Automation and algorithmic processes have been noted as having potential to foster innovation and economic development across fields. While these technologies bring great potential coupled with the risks -- including threats to human rights and privacy -- what can Canada learn from other jurisdictions on the responsible use of AI in immigration decision-making? 

Analyst: Joanne Banh, Grace Ho Lan Chong, Tea Vasha, and Tiolúwani Aderibigbe 
Team Lead: Justin Gander
April 2022

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