Is Canada on Track for a Feminist Green Recovery?

Oxfam Canada's annual Feminist Scorecard rates the government’s actions to advance a feminist green COVID-19 recovery. How do they stack up?

Scorecard Legend

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Care Economy

Canada’s historic investment in a national childcare system was a huge step forward for women’s economic equality. Enshrining child care in legislation will ensure long-term commitments.

significant progress

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Representation & Leadership

Women are playing powerful roles in cabinet, leading to a greater focus on inequality and other feminist priorities. However, the government can do more to support the feminist movement and strengthen its own intersectional approach.

significant progress

A crowd of feminine-presenting people of varying ages is gathered outdoors with homemade protest signs that say: Protect all workers, I believe you and Stop violence against women. On the bottom right of the image, there is a child of approximately 10 years old speaking on a bullhorn while visibly upset, face contorted and tears in her eyes.

Gender-based Violence & SRHR

The government made major investments to support women’s rights and 2SLGBTQ+ organizations fighting gender-based violence and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights.

some progress

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The government continued to provide critical income supports, but the most marginalized women and gender diverse people are falling deeper into poverty.

some progress

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Rights of Indigenous Women

Many Indigenous women were disappointed by federal responses to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) and the continued social and economic inequities they experience.

some progress

An overhead view of an oil refinery from the sky. There is a network of buildings, industrial-sized vats and tall smokestacks emitting smoke and other pollution. In the distance, we see a river.

Climate Change & Extractives

Inequality is at the heart of the climate crisis. This year, Canada doubled its international climate finance and promised deeper emission cuts, but still fell short of doing its fair share.

some progress

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Global Development

Canada made bold investments in care work globally. To end the pandemic and reverse setbacks for women’s rights, Canada must now tackle global vaccine inequity and increase international aid.

some progress

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Conflict & Crisis

Canada has promised to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees, but should urgently help those left behind. Canada should also do more to address global hunger and the wars that fuel it.

some progress

A dark-skinned woman with short, red hair wears a blue medical mask and a yellow and grey industrial vest as she packs boxes of food in an industrial setting.

Work & Pay Equity

Women-dominated sectors were hardest hit by the economic downturn. More federal action is needed to close gender gaps around employment equity, decent work and social protection.

some progress

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Despite government promises to tax extreme wealth inequality and close loopholes, Canada’s tax rules continue to benefit the wealthy and help corporations avoid paying their fair share.

little progress

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