Financial Fallout:

Women + Work

Over half of working women in BC are in one of four industries. These industries were the first to be impacted by job losses, to a greater extent, and for longer. This leaves these women at risk of continued financial instability as COVID-19 pandemic measures continue.

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Closures in these four industries led to women in BC losing 60% more jobs in March than men. By April, the effective unemployment rate for women was 28%.


“I am terrified of not being able to afford rent when CERB discontinues.”

Financial instability from lost hours or reductions in income is impacting women’s health. The longer the period of unemployment, the greater the impact on mental health.


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