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Study: The social and economic concerns of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Released: 2020-05-01

All Canadians are concerned about the health, economic and social ramifications of COVID-19. However, a short study published today suggests that immigrants to Canada may be more concerned about the impact of COVID-19 than Canadian-born people.

In regard to health, for example, almost half of immigrants (49%) reported that they were "very" or "extremely" concerned about their own health, compared with one-third (33%) of the Canadian-born.

Over half of immigrants (53%) reported that they were "very" or "extremely" concerned about the possibility of civil disorder, compared with about one-third (37%) of the Canadian-born.

Over two-fifths of immigrant men (43%) reported that the crisis would have a "major" or "moderate" impact on their finances, compared with about one-quarter (27%) of Canadian-born men.

This study coincides with the launch of a series of virtual conferences on selected themes related to the multiple social and economic effects of COVID-19, an initiative of the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network. The first of these virtual conferences, "The economic and social impact of COVID-19 on newcomers to Canada," will be held today, May 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

  Note to readers

The data from this release are from the new Canadian Perspective Survey Series (CPSS). The CPSS is a web panel online survey that was developed by Statistics Canada to get timely information about how Canadians are coping with COVID-19. More than 4,600 respondents (including more than 700 immigrants) participated in the survey from March 29 to April 3, 2020.


The study "The social and economic concerns of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic" is now available as part of the series StatCan COVID-19: Data to Insights for a Better Canada (Catalogue number45280001).

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