Inequality in the feasibility of working from home during and after COVID-19
Author: Derek Messacar, René Morissette, Zechuan Deng
Topic: Health, Poverty issues
Publisher: Statistics Canada
Location: Canada
Format: Statistics
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: June 8, 2020

The economic lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 has led to steep declines in employment and hours worked for many Canadians. For workers in essential services, in jobs that can be done with proper physical distancing measures or in jobs that can be done from home, the likelihood of experiencing a work interruption during the pandemic is lower than for other workers.

To shed light on these issues, this article assesses how the feasibility of working from home varies across Canadian families. It also considers the implications of these differences for family earnings inequality.

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