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This is part nine of The Logic’s in-depth series exploring how Canada is faring in the global competition for tech talent, as economies reopen and companies and governments jockey for advantage in a remote-work world. Read the rest of the series here.

After being closed through Toronto’s long COVID-19 lockdown, in July, The Workaround, Amanda Munday’s family-friendly co-working space and child-care centre in the city’s east end, could finally open again. But hardly any of her regular clients were coming back.

Munday made some calls to find out what those former clients—mostly women working in tech or running startups—were up to. Over and over again, she heard the same thing: they had quit their jobs, which weren’t offering enough flexibility or accommodations to make it possible to both work and care for their children, who were now home all day, thanks to school closures and concerns about safety even as businesses reopened.

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