2020 was a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all aspects of society including the economy, healthcare systems and global supply chains. Last spring, the Government of Canada was supposed to release their annual budget but due to increased financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic, it was put on hold.
As many countries face inwards to address domestic needs, the devastating secondary effects of COVID-19 are widening the gaps of inequality around the world. Before February 19, make your voice heard in this year’s federal budget so we can #StopTheDeadlyDivide.
why your voice matters now
For the first time in 20 years, we are losing progress on ending extreme poverty: over 150 million people are predicted to be pushed into extreme poverty by the end of 2021. The Government of Canada must commit to increasing Canadian Aid in the upcoming #Budget2021 to protect hard-won development gains that are being threatened by the pandemic including disruptions in education, routine vaccinations and access to healthcare facilities.
This virus knows no borders so if we are to fully recover domestically, we need to contribute to a global recovery - no one is safe until everyone is safe.
how you can take action
All pre-budget consultations close on February 19 so please take action today!
Fill out a questionnaire: Fill out the Government of Canada’s pre-budget consultations questionnaire. It’s your chance to let them know what is most important to you, what challenges you see ahead, and how Canada can prepare for a robust economic recovery.
Use social media: Your Member of Parliament (MP) cares about what you want to see in the upcoming budget so use social media to let them know.
This pandemic knows no borders! We must ensure that commitment to the global response is embedded in #Budget2021. Increasing Canada's aid budget will help us recover domestically and is the right thing to do! @FinanceCanada #Canada4Results
I am Canadian & I care! In #Budget2021 we must invest to protect women & children everywhere. By increasing #CanadianAid we will have greater impact & can do more to support innovative financing mechanisms like @theGFF @FinanceCanada #Canada4Results
To read more about the budget process, read past economic snapshots, or to access additional resources including the schedule of ministerial roundtables, visit this site.