What does a Build Back Better Budget mean for Canadian communities?


In this Webinar, eDemocracy & Corporate Knights introduced a new national engagement to gather feedback on how the federal government should spend their COVID recovery money. What should Canada prioritize in the 2021 budget? Click the button below to participate in the engagement. 

Click here to Help Canada Build Back Better

Other resources mentioned in the Webinar:

Corporate Knights' Build Back Better Recovery Report

The Economics of a Clean and Caring Recovery

Info on the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery

BC Government Report on Basic Universal Income

eDemocracy Webinar Series - Social

Webinar Summary 

Click here to read our speakers' bios.

3:42 - Andrea Reimer provides a brief background of the topic and panelists - how can we build a Federal Budget this year that supports building back better for local communities? 

7:02 - Sabrina Bowman, Co-Executive Director, talks about the problems with current forms of democracy that led to the eDemocracy Network. “I think that one of the reasons why the eDemocracy Network started is a recognition that politics as it stands today is not working for most people.”

8:05 - Sabrina introduces the Build Back Better project - a national initiative to get feedback from Canadians on how they think the country should recover from COVID. “our platform instead uses the Ethelo technology to find common ground among Canadians from all different political backgrounds from all different economic sectors, and really understands what their key issues are for recovering moving forward with our country.”

10:55 - Toby Heaps discusses research from Corporate Knights that found it would take an investment of 100 billion dollars from the Canadian government to decarbonize the Canadian economy, but over time, investment into programs like elder care, child care, and a clean economy could pay for themselves. 

20:44 - Mira Oreck talks about “not rebuilding, but building” the social service and non-profit sector in Canada, stating that Canadians are in a “massive social service deficit” due to the lack of stable funding that this sector receives.  

28:11 - Howard Jang discusses the challenges that the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, as well as the art sector as a whole, has faced as a result of the pandemic: “The people we are in service to are the most challenged at this moment”.

34:01 - Thom Armstrong outlines the surge of evictions that have followed the pandemic, with half of Toronto and Vancouver renters spending 30-50% of their income on shelter: “One of the most striking ironies for me during the pandemic has been watching the growing population of people without homes being told to stay home to stay safe.”

38:26 - Andrea asks the panelists for their thoughts on universal basic income from the perspectives of their different sectors. 

45:08 - Sabrina and Toby speak to the issue of reaching beyond the usual suspects in the budget engagement. How are they ensuring that a broad and diverse spectrum of Canadians have the chance to participate, particularly those that aren’t necessarily interested in issues characterized as ‘green’ or ‘caring’? 

51:56 - Andrea Reimer asks Howard and Mira how they would engage with community members during current times where in-person meetings are off the table. 

58:35 - Final housekeeping notes from Andrea Reimer. 


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