Feminist Scorecard 2021: Accelerating a Feminist COVID-19 Recovery

Is Canada living up to its feminist approach in its COVID-19 response? Oxfam Canada scores the government’s actions to help Canada and the world respond to and recover from the pandemic. How do they stack up?

icon white checkmark on green background

icon white exclamation mark on orange background

icon white ex on red  background

Global Development - RS98096_PNG_Goroka_May 18 2019_468-lpr - 1366px


Canada scaled up its humanitarian response, provided debt relief for poor countries and invested in the COVAX vaccine facility. Progress continued towards a feminist foreign policy.

Learn More
Representation & Leadership - OUS_51188_Berta Protest-20 - 1200px

Representation & Leadership

Women have been at the forefront of Canada’s COVID-19 response and the government has invested in feminist movements. However, stronger GBA+ and intersectional approaches are needed to ensure an equitable recovery.

Learn More
GBV & SRHR - HFHC - 1200px

Gender-based Violence

Women and gender-diverse people experienced a rise in violence due to the pandemic. Federal resources flowed quickly to support shelters and sexual assault centres.

Learn More
Poverty - shutterstock_184900943 - 1200px


The federal government provided critical social protection to millions of Canadians in record time during the pandemic. However, some of the most marginalized people fell through the cracks.

Learn More

Help us hold Canada accountable and work toward equality. Stand with us and DEMAND MORE PROGRESS.

Care Work - shutterstock_627677921 - 1366px

Care Work

COVID-19 exposed how essential care is to our economy, but also how fragile Canada’s care sector is. The government’s commitment to establish a national child care system, as part of a feminist economic recovery, is welcome.

Learn More
Conflict & Crisis - OES_43877__lpr - 1200px

Conflict & Crisis

Canada invested in critical humanitarian assistance as global needs grew dramatically due to COVID-19. However, Canada’s support for refugees fell short, leaving many people stranded.

Learn More
Climate - OGB_120415_Amina - 1200px

Climate Change & Extractives

As Canada pursues more ambitious climate action, a strong intersectional approach will be key. Effective corporate accountability measures are needed urgently to achieve justice for marginalized people abroad.

Learn More
Rights of Indigenous Women - shutterstock_1260627262 - 1200px

Rights of Indigenous Women

The government has invested in women’s shelters and sexual assault centres on and off reserve, but progress on the National Action Plan for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was slowed by the pandemic.

Learn More
Work & Pay Equity - shutterstock_1716796036 - 1200px

Work & Pay Equity

The economic downturn has disproportionately hurt women workers, who have made up the majority of job losses. The government’s economic recovery plan must focus on women-majority sectors and prioritize the needs of vulnerable workers.

Learn More
Tax - shutterstock_1064538485 - 1366px


Wealth inequality is growing, with the wealthiest Canadians – mostly men – benefiting from tax loopholes and not paying their fair share. Canada’s first-ever female finance minister is raising hopes for progressive tax reform.

Learn More

Read Oxfam’s Full Feminist 2021 Scorecard

Join Us

Join Us

Share This