CITIZENS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE - POVERTY TRENDS 2022 UPDATE - Prepared by Gurleen Bhatti
22 December 2022
As policies intended to prevent the spread of the virus were enacted, policymakers, businesses, and individuals alike were contending with how to mitigate the effects of the looming economic repercussions. [...] The quick rollout of emergency income transfers like the CERB showed that with sufficient polit- ical will, low-barrier cash transfers can be delivered quickly to individuals across the country, and that they can effectively protect people from food and housing insecurity in the event of a sudden loss of income. [...] Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2021.20 Pandemic Benefits – The Bad At the same time, issues both during the administration of the CERB and in its aftermath have highlighted and exacerbated existing inequities. [...] Analysts at Statistics Canada use a set of formulas and procedures to estimate the cost of this basket of goods and services in different regions across the country to account for vary- ing costs of living. [...] The second component of the two-pronged model requires the analysis to proceed to consider contextual factors, based on the facts of the case.