Is it time to build the Canadian Shield?
Understanding The Canadian Shield
This strategy is designed to shield Canadians and our economy from both COVID and the unintended consequences of the fight against COVID.
Determined action over the next few weeks could save 5,000 lives, create 320,000 jobs, and generate $37 B of economic growth in 2021 compared to Canada’s present, failing COVID mitigation strategy.
For decision-makers, there are 3 key actions:
CovidStrategicChoices is an initiative to further analyze, deliberate and define the ideal strategy to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The members of this initiative are listed below.
Considering the key choices available to Canada, we seem to have three distinct paths forward; i) the current path (which is faltering), ii) much stricter measures (much like the Melbourne Model) and lastly, iii) the Canadian Shield model (a strategic choice tabled by our group of experts).
Browse our thought process behind the Canadian Shield below:
[3 pages] Should we consider the Canadian Shield?
[13 pages] Will the Canadian Shield lockdown policy save jobs in Ontario?
[7 pages] Economic analysis of the different strategies
[12 pages] International best practices for managing COVID
[Key summary in first 3 pages]
A summary for decision makers, journalists and others. Overview of the current path, recommended path and key differences in outcomes (deaths, economic impact, etc.)
Comparing the costs to the Ontario economy of continuing to follow a mitigation policy modeled after the policies from early 2020, or alternatively adopting the “Canadian Shield” strategy with stricter restrictions in the early months of 2021 in order to avoid additional waves of lockdown later in the spring.
Limestone Analytics, together with economists from Queen’s University, developed the Short-Term Under-capacity Dynamic Input-Output (STUDIO) model to measure the economic impact of COVID-19.
Should Canada Go For Zero? Global Best Practices, TANZANC Democracies & Lessons For Canada
Please note that these members are serving in their individual capacities and though this group endorses this initiative and the Canadian Shield strategy, not every member will be in agreement with every observation and recommendation.
Associate Director, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill Un...
SVP Corporate Services, Bell Canada
Professor Christopher Cotton
Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic & Financial Policy, Professor of...
Professor Caroline Colijn
Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and ...
Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Health Managers Association
Dr. Irfan Dhalla
Medical Doctor and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public He...
Deputy Minister, Department of Economic Development, Yukon Government
former Deputy Minister, Professor of Practice McGill University, Execu...
Professor Blayne Haggart
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Polit...
Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Biostatistician and educator
President of the Association for Canadian Studies
Dr. Jaspreet Khangura
Emergency Physician and Clinical Lecturer in the University of Alberta...
Dr. Jeff Kwong
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla L...
Dr. Christopher McCabe
Executive Director and CEO, Institute of Health Economics
Dr. Andrew Morris
Infectious Diseases Specialist, Sinai Health and University Health Net...
Jean-Paul R. Soucy
Studying for a Doctoral degree in infectious disease epidemiology at t...
Professor Ashleigh Tuite
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of...
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