NDP says Ontario women bearing brunt of economic pain during pandemic

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The NDP say women are bearing the brunt of the economic pain dished out by COVID-19.

Leader Andrea Horwath says while the pandemic is having profound effects on all Ontarians, women have lost the majority of the jobs.

She says this pandemic’s recession is definitely a 'she-session.'

Horwath says the Ford government can’t keep passing the buck to the federal government any longer, and it needs to provide 'real' help so folks across the province – especially women –  can make ends meet now, and get onto a solid footing. 

According to numbers provided by the NDP, 188,000 Ontario women over the age of 25 have lost their job since January.

“Women entrepreneurs are also more likely to own businesses that are self-financed, or in the service industries — making their business  among the hardest hit by the economic shutdown,” said Catherine Fife, NDP critic for Economic Growth and Job Creation. “The federal government’s programs to help businesses keep staff on and pay the rent have missed the mark. We need the provincial government to get direct financial support right away to those who desperately need it.”