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COVID Impacts

to Livelihood and Wellbeing 

The COVID impacts project aims to understand how and why the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the livelihoods and well-being of women in the Yukon and how policies and programs can promote a resilient and inclusive recovery in the territory. The study is open to all Yukon women, including trans women, as well as people of other marginalized genders who feel a sense of shared identity or experience with women.

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  • Government of Yukon


  • University of Northern British Columbia (Fiona MacPhail, PhD)


The project takes a livelihood view of the economy, recognizing that people meet their needs through combinations of market and non-market work (unpaid care work, traditional food collection, sharing, and exchange), and access to publicly provided services (Chambers and Conroy, 1991; Elson, 2010). Going beyond income, well-being captures physical, mental, and emotional well-being, physical and emotional safety, and ability to engage in cultural ceremony. The specific impacts of the pandemic on Yukon women’s livelihoods and well-being may differ from impacts experienced in other parts of Canada, given the Yukon’s unique economic and demographic features. 

Research Questions:

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected women’s livelihoods?

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on livelihoods affected well-being beyond income? 

  • What have been the impacts of federal and territorial responses on livelihoods and well-being?


  • Contribute to the understanding of the she-cession, women’s care penalty, the shadow pandemic hypotheses, and the particular livelihood challenges of women occupying varying social locations in the Yukon

  • Inform policies and programs to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic impact and consequences

  • Aid in facilitating a resilient and economic recovery inclusive of women


Women & Gender in a Covid Recession
Women & Gender in a Covid Recession

Fact Sheet on Women in a COVID-19 recession: Employment, job loss and wage inequality in Canada

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