How are Canadians with long-term conditions and disabilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

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How are Canadians with long-term conditions and disabilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

From June 23 to July 6, 2020, Statistics Canada collected information via a crowdsource questionnaire on the experiences of Canadians aged 15 and over with long-term conditions and disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.Note 1


Self-reported general health statusNote 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Self-reported general health status General health status (appearing as column headers).
General health status
Excellent or very good 19%
Good 35%
Fair or poor 45%

Almost half (48%) of participants reported their general health is worse than it was prior to the start of the pandemic.


Self-reported mental health status
Table summary
This table displays the results of Self-reported mental health status Mental health status (appearing as column headers).
Mental health status
Excellent or very good 18%
Good 27%
Fair or poor 55%

Over half (57%) of participants reported their mental health is worse than it was prior to the start of the pandemic.

77% of participants needed but did not receive one or more therapies or services for their condition.

8% of participants were unable to get COVID-19 related testing or medical attention due to their condition.

Women (60%) were more likely than men (56%) to report difficulty meeting their financial obligations or essential needs.Note 3

Among those experiencing a monthly household income decrease, over half (54%) reported difficulty in meeting their food and grocery needs.

38% reported an impact in their ability to meet their personal protective equipment needs.

Source: Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians – Living with Long-term Conditions and Disabilities.

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