We made sure the government heard from people. Not just polluters.
From June 12th – 18th, 500+ people flooded the government’s consultation to demand a #JustRecovery
Up until June 19th, the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology accepted public submissions on how Canada should recover after the pandemic. At first, the majority of their submissions came from big businesses and banks. But between June 12th – 18th hundreds of people flooded the process. Together, we raised a voice in support of a Just Recovery from the pandemic that sets us up to build back better with a Green New Deal. So many people spoke up that the government’s online consultation portal temporarily crashed from the traffic. Thanks to us, federal decision-makers feel the pressure. They know for a fact that people across the country expect them to deliver a Just Recovery for all.
On June 18th, 350 Canada submitted a joint brief to the Parliamentary Committee on Industry Science and Technology. In our brief, we compiled the voices of 500+ people who submitted briefs in support of a Just Recovery to the INDU committee. Read it below.
We won’t let up the pressure. We will continue to build the movement we need to build back better. Sign up to find out about upcoming opportunities to take action.
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We’re in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. It’s one part pandemic, one part economic crisis, and one part the cumulative impact of converging climate and social crises.
Unemployment has hit a record high of 13% — the highest level since WWII. And since we’ve been through years of austerity, our healthcare and social services are ill-equipped to handle what we’re up against.
How we respond to, recover from, and rebuild after this crisis will define the next chapter of human history. Click on the headings below to learn about the 3 phases of a Just Recovery.
RESPOND WITH A PEOPLE’S BAILOUT Ensure governments respond to the crisis by putting people – not corporations – first.
Thanks to actions taken by people like you, we stopped Big Oil from squeezing billions from the government. But they’re not giving up. That’s why we’ll continue to use all the tools available to us to oppose corporate bailouts and lift up the needs of communities who are most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis — including Indigenous peoples, racialized folks, and frontline workers.
We know that we’ll be most successful if we take action when the decisions are being made, not when they’re being carried out. This means that as organizers, we need to be strategic and lay the groundwork for what’s to come.
RECOVER WITH A PLAN THAT LEAVES NO ONE BEHIND Fight for a just recovery that leaves no one behind. We know that wealthy, corporate interests are pushing politicians to cut social services, lift environmental regulations, and relax labour laws to help the economy “bounce back.” That’s why we’re working with organizations and groups from all across the country to build a mass, people-powered movement that will fight for government action to meet our communities’ needs, generate millions of decent, green jobs, and tackle the climate crisis.
REBUILD WITH A GREEN NEW DEAL Rebuild with a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
We know we can’t go back to business as usual of climate inaction and rising inequality. The COVID-19 pandemic has lifted the veil on social inequities that have existed for a long time. Once we’ve recovered, we have to transform our society so that it works for everyone — not just a wealthy few. We need to get to work building a Green New Deal that puts people and the planet before corporate profit.
More than 400 organizations. representing millions of people across the country. have endorsed the principles for a Just Recovery:
Put people’s health and wellbeing first, no exceptions.
Strengthen the social safety net and provide relief directly to people.
Prioritize the needs of workers and communities.
Build resilience to prevent future crises.
Build solidarity and equity across communities, generations, and borders.
Uphold Indigenous rights and work in partnership with Indigenous peoples. Learn more about these principles
Since May, people across the country have led digital teach-ins to build up the movement for a Just Recovery in their communities. Over 40 teach-ins have already taken place bringing in hundreds of people across the country. You can still join a teach-in or sign up to host one in your community.