Evidence-based response to COVID-19

Originally published March 25, 2020. 

Globally, health care workers, first responders, essential workers, public servants, and scientists are working tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This crisis demands an evidence-based response. Informing our actions and decisions using the best available science, and mobilizing the skills and knowledge of experts will be vitally important.  To help you, we will be keeping this post updated with credible sources of information on COVID-19 and ways to take action and do your part to stop the spread. We will continue to add to this post as the situation evolves. 

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Three weeks ago we sent our open letter urging the government to safeguard science advice by protecting and growing the role of Canada’s Chief Science Advisor (CSA). Last week we heard some great news - the role of CSA has been renewed, and Dr. Mona Nemer has been re-appointed!

On September 23rd, after Parliament was prorogued for 36 days, Governor General Julie Payette delivered the Speech from the Throne which outlined the government’s priorities as COVID-19 continues to present pressing challenges. 

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On September 16th, Evidence for Democracy hosted an expert panel to discuss Canada’s data needs for an evidence-based COVID-19 response. Watch the full conversation.

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COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives. From employment, to health and safety, to the economy, the pandemic has changed the status quo. As we prepare for Budget 2021, it is important that the Government of Canada makes investments that consider this “new normal” and carefully examine the new challenges ahead. 

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