School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

COVID-19 Working Group Publications


In late 2019 the world began to bear witness to the beginning of a new virus that initially rivalled that of the SARS pandemic of the early 2000s but that quickly began to surpass it in strength and sheer number of people infected worldwide. As the numbers climbed, countries around the globe started the process of containment and began to 'close their doors' in an attempt eradicate the virus.  In March 2020 Canada followed suit. 

Months later the numbers grow larger still and it is clear that getting back to normal will require more work than initially thought.  What will 'normal' look like when this is over?  What lies ahead?  

The purpose of the COVID-19 Working Groups was to bring together like-minded faculty, students, and community members to explore ways in which we can 'build back better' in a post-COVID world.  The groups were  organized across broad policy spectrums:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Health and Healthcare
  • Governance
  • Mental Health
  • Security

As a result of the work done by these working groups a series of White Papers has been produced.  Three publications are currently available:


In addition to the White Paper series, a series of op-eds from the Governance Working Group were published in the Ottawa Citizen that offered key insights into the operation of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government using core principles of federalism, constitutionalism, the rule of law, ministerial responsibility and accountability. The articles examined how our governing institutions are shaping and being shaped by the Coronavirus challenge and what it portends for the governance of Canada and Canadians, executive accountability and the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.