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Fear of COVID-19 related stigmatization

Release date: July 15, 2020

As governments start to relax protective health measures and open up more businesses and recreational facilities, the amount of direct interactions with others will likely increase for most people. Many Canadians will likely feel relieved to get back to a more 'normal' life, but many others may be more fearful. Using data collected in mid-June, this article examines which groups of people feel more afraid of unwanted or intimidating acts as a result of perceived exposure risk to COVID-19.

Mental Health Status of Canadian Immigrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Release date: July 14, 2020

This analytical article describes results from the crowdsourced survey Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Your mental health with a focus on the mental health of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, this article explores the effects of social distancing on mental health, how the pandemic affects the symptoms of anxiety, and how perceived job and financial security affects mental health. This article also discuss the mental health differences between recent immigrants, established immigrants and Canadian born.

Economic impact of COVID-19 among Indigenous people

Release date: July 14, 2020

Studies have highlighted the extent to which First Nations people, Inuit and Métis may be more vulnerable to the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic (Arriagada, Hahmann, & O’Donnell, 2020a, 2020b). Pre-existing economic vulnerabilities include higher prevalence of poverty and food insecurity, and a lower ability to cover unexpected expenses

Transport turning points during COVID-19

Release date: July 13, 2020

Travel and transportation were among the first areas most affected by border closures and public health restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. This study uses new weekly indicators of Aircraft movements and Railcars online to assess the initial downturn and the subsequent recovery in the transportation of both passengers and freight during the first half of 2020.

Gender differences in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: July 9, 2020

This article compares the mental health outcomes (i.e., self-rated mental health, change in mental health since physical distancing began, severity of symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder in the two weeks prior to completing the survey, and life stress) of male, female, and gender-diverse participants in a recent crowdsource questionnaire, Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians -- Your Mental Health (April 24 to May 11, 2020).

Perceptions of personal safety among population groups designated as visible minorities in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: July 8, 2020

Using data from a recent crowdsourcing initiative, this article examines the perceptions of personal safety from crime among visible minority groups in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This study also looks at their perceptions of incidents of harassment or attacks on the basis of race, ethnic origin, or skin colour in their neighbourhood.

Canada’s oil and gas sector: The decline in production and investment and the impact on the economy

Release date: July 8, 2020

The oil and gas industry is an important contributor to the Canadian economy, especially in Alberta. From the year 2000 onwards, its share in the total economy averaged about 5% of Canadian and 21% of Albertan GDP. The recent decline in oil prices will have a large impact on Canada's oil and gas industry, which in turn will affect other industries. This article estimates the economic impact of the potential decline in production and investment in the oil and gas industry due to recent shocks on the Canadian economy.

Canadians’ willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available: What role does trust play?

Release date: July 7, 2020

The degree to which individuals have trust in policy makers and public health authorities has been associated with their willingness to engage in public health measures such as vaccinations (Dubé et al. 2013; Greenberg, Dubé and Driedger 2017). This study examines how crowdsourcing participants’ willingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccination when one becomes available differs by their level of trust in other people, government and public health authorities. Results from this study cannot be inferred to the overall Canadian population.

Concerns and precautions taken in the Canadian North during the pandemic

Release date: July 6, 2020

The study examines the precautions and concerns of participants who responded to a crowdsourcing initiative between April 3 and April 25 and who reported that they were living in the Canadian North. Results are presented separately for Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Economic impact of COVID-19 among visible minority groups

Release date: July 6, 2020

The economic lockdown triggered by COVID-19 has led so far to disproportionate employment losses among lower-paid workers and young workers. Its impact on visible minorities is currently less known. Using data from a large crowdsourcing data collection initiative, the study further compares the degree to which visible minority participants: a) experienced job loss or reduced workhours since the onset of the pandemic, b) were strongly or moderately impacted financially, and c) applied for and received federal income support.

Trade in medical and protective goods, May 2020

Release date: July 2, 2020

This article provides an overview of Canada's international merchandise trade in personal protective equipment in May 2020, as well as an update on exports and imports of medical and protective goods.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis and 2020 Outlook: Couriers and Messengers Services Price Index

Release date: June 30, 2020

This article presents an impact analysis and 2020 outlook for the Couriers and messenger services price index (CMSPI) amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Automation, workers and COVID-19

Release date: June 29, 2020

Over the past few decades, computer technology has gradually changed workplaces, leading to a reduction of routine and manual job tasks, and an increase in non-routine, cognitive tasks. More recent developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning could be even more far-reaching, as they are designed to execute tasks that were traditionally considered non-automatable.

Volunteering in Canada: Challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: June 26, 2020

Older generations are more likely than younger generations to be self-isolating and limiting their volunteer activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the pandemic has had a series of impacts that vary depending on the type of volunteer organization. Physical distancing and necessary health protection measures quickly affected the provision of face-to-face services, events and meetings involving gatherings of people. At the same time, recent media reports have highlighted many examples of individuals directly assisting others, including picking-up and dropping-off groceries and other supplies in the community, cooking meals, sewing non-medical masks, sharing information and providing emotional support via online social media platforms. Using data from the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS GVP), this article documents how people of various generations contribute to volunteering in Canada. Although these data predate the COVID-19 pandemic, they provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities of volunteering in the current situation.

Food security during the COVID-19 pandemic, May 2020

Release date: June 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented job losses in Canada, impacts that can increase the number of Canadians who are susceptible to income-related food insecurity. This article is based on data collected during the week of May 4 to 10, 2020, and looks at the populations who reported experiencing food insecurity due to financial difficulties.

Indigenous people and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: June 23, 2020

This study reports on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of Indigenous people in Canada, based on data from a recent crowdsourcing initiative. Data on self-perceived mental health as well as on feelings of anxiety among Indigenous people since the onset of physical distancing are presented. Comparisons are made between Indigenous women and men and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.

The contribution of immigrants and population groups designated as visible minorities to nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate occupations

Release date: June 22, 2020

To better understand how different sub-groups of workers were exposed to the risks associated with COVID-19, this article provides a profile of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates. In particular, using data from the Census of Population, we look at the importance of immigrants and population groups designated as visible minorities in these essential occupations.

COVID-19 Impact Analysis and 2020 Outlook: Wholesale Services Price Index

Release date: June 18, 2020

This article presents an impact analysis and 2020 outlook for the Wholesale Services Prices Index (WSPI) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The WSPI represents the change in the price of wholesale services, which is defined as the margin price.

Which postsecondary programs had high levels of international student enrolment prior to COVID-19?

Release date: June 15, 2020

To provide insights into how COVID-19 could potentially impact postsecondary institutions, this article provides estimates of the share of enrolments that were international by academic program and source country prior to COVID-19 based on the Postsecondary Student Information System (PSIS).

COVID-19 and job displacement: Thinking about the longer term

Release date: June 10, 2020

It is too early to know how many Canadian workers will lose their job, i.e. will be permanently laid-off, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and what will happen to them financially after job loss. Yet a number of stylized facts emerge from the past. While these facts do not necessarily allow accurate predictions of the impact of the pandemic on job displacement, they provide a long-term perspective from which forthcoming labour market developments can be assessed. The goal of this article is to highlight these facts.

Access and use of parks and green spaces: The potential impact of COVID-19 on Canadian households

Release date: June 9, 2020

This article looks at the potential impacts of access restrictions to parks and public green spaces due to COVID-19 on Canadian households using data from the Households and the Environment Survey.

Inequality in the feasibility of working from home during and after COVID-19

Release date: June 8, 2020

The economic lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 has led to steep declines in employment and hours worked for many Canadians. For workers in essential services, in jobs that can be done with proper physical distancing measures or in jobs that can be done from home, the likelihood of experiencing a work interruption during the pandemic is lower than for other workers. This article assesses how the feasibility of working from home varies across Canadian families. It also considers the implications of these differences for family earnings inequality.

Trade in medical and protective goods, April 2020

Release date: June 4, 2020

Following the publication of trends in trade in medical and protective goods, this article provides a summary of Canada’s international trade of these goods in April 2020, including an overview of imports of personal protective equipment.

The distribution of temporary foreign workers across industries in Canada

Release date: June 3, 2020

This article uses the 2017 Canadian Employer-Employee Dynamics Database (CEEDD) to examine the distribution of temporary foreign workers (TFW) across industrial sectors and firms. Given the continuous growth in the number of TFWs in recent years, the analysis provides important implications for the possible delays in the inflow of new TFWs could affect essential services during the pandemic and the upcoming economic recovery period.

Running the economy remotely: Potential for working from home during and after COVID-19

Release date: May 28, 2020

Physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in a large number of Canadians working from home, many for the first time. This sudden transition in how the economy is operating raises questions about how many jobs can reasonably be performed from home.

Impact of economic consequences of COVID-19 on Canadians’ social concerns

Release date: May 28, 2020

This article examines the extent to which Canadians’ personal financial concerns are associated with greater concerns about family life and social cohesion (family stress from confinement, violence in the home, maintaining social ties, the ability to cooperate and support one another, and the risk of civil disorder).

Study: Leading indicator of international arrivals by air, April 2020

Release date: May 26, 2020

This article in the Economic Insights series highlights sudden changes in economic conditions as households and businesses were adjusting to social and economic restrictions intended to contain the spread of COVID-19. It is the first in a series of articles that will provide integrated analysis of the economic impacts of COVID-19 as new data and information become available.

Indigenous people in urban areas: Vulnerabilities to the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19

Release date: May 26, 2020

Using the 2016 Census and the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, the article highlights key measures of economic well being (low income, food security, ability to deal with unexpected expenses) for First Nations people, Métis and Inuit living in medium population centres (30,000 to 99,999 residents) and large urban population centres (100,000 or more residents).

COVID-19 pandemic: Impacts on the work placements of postsecondary students in Canada

Release date: May 25, 2020

This paper provides insight on how postsecondary students' work placements were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Results are based on the recent Statistics Canada crowdsourcing data collection completed by over 100,000 postsecondary students between April 19 and May 1, 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on the gig economy: Short- and long-term concerns

Release date: May 20, 2020

A new study looks at the some of the challenges in tracking the gig economy in real time and profiles the approximately 1.7 million Canadians who worked in the gig economy prior to the pandemic. In addition to the short-term concerns, the study looks at how the gig economy may evolve in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic based on earlier data trends.

The Health and Behavioural Impacts of COVID-19 on Youth: Results from the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series 1

Release date: May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the daily lives of all Canadians. However, relatively little is known about how the health, behaviour, and social activities of Canadian youth are affected and how they are coping with the situation. Canada’s youth represent about one quarter of the country’s population and will continue to be a large and important group within the Canadian population (Statistics Canada, 2019).

COVID-19 Pandemic: Financial impacts on postsecondary students in Canada

Release date: May 15, 2020

This paper provides insight on how postsecondary students' financial situation was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Results are based on the recent Statistics Canada crowdsourcing data collection completed by over 100,000 postsecondary students between April 19 and May 1, 2020.

COVID-19 Pandemic: Academic impacts on postsecondary students in Canada

Release date: May 14, 2020

This paper provides insight on how postsecondary students' academic life was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Results are based on the recent Statistics Canada crowdsourcing data collection completed by over 100,000 postsecondary students between April 19 and May 1, 2020.

Differences in the concerns of Canadians with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: May 13, 2020

Between April 3 and April 25, approximately a quarter of a million people answered a questionnaire on how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting their lives, based on a new method of data collection called crowdsourcing. This study examines how the concerns and attitudes of participants changed over time by comparing the answers provided by participants in the first week of data collection to the answers of those who answered in the second and third week of data collection.

Self-perceived mental health and health-related behaviours of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: May 12, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social disruption has left many to struggle with changes to routines and feelings of uncertainty as the impact of the virus continues to unfold. Looking after one's mental and physical well-being is an important practice during this challenging time.

COVID-19 pandemic: People unable to converse in English or French

Release date: May 11, 2020

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this article presents some key information about people who speak neither of Canada's official languages, including their age group, mother tongue and place of residence.

Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses in Canada

Release date: May 11, 2020

The Canadian economy changed dramatically in March 2020 as a result of COVID-19 and the situation has had a profound impact on the ability of businesses in Canada to operate. In order to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, employers and employees, communities and our economy, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce collaborated to launch the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions. While the majority of businesses in Canada have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that small businesses have been hit particularly hard by this crisis.

Gold and silver prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: May 7, 2020

This article examines the behaviour of gold and silver price trends amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canadians who report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic more likely to report increased use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco

Release date: May 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadians' lives in previously unimaginable ways in a very short period of time. Given the disruption and stress it may come as no surprise that the consumption of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco has increased for some.

Work interruptions and financial vulnerability

Release date: May 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to massive work interruptions in Canada and several other countries since mid-March 2020. The resulting economic lockdown has raised concerns about the ability of Canadian families to meet their financial obligations and essential needs.This article focuses on families who rely primarily on earnings—wages and salaries and self-employment income—to maintain their living standards.

Trade in medical and protective goods

Release date: May 5, 2020

A review of recent trends in exports and imports of medical and protective goods provides a basis for understanding the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada's international merchandise trade. To this end, Statistics Canada has produced a special data compilation to examine trade in specific categories of relevant products.

Housing characteristics and staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: May 4, 2020

With ‘stay at home' essential to the COVID-19 response, the dwellings in which people live take on added importance in their lives. Extended time indoors is likely to raise various challenges, such as getting physical exercise, maintaining social contacts, or balancing telework, children and home schooling, and household routines in a confined space.

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

Release date: May 1, 2020

In 2016, at the time of the most recent census, immigrants represented 21.9% of the overall Canadian population. Because people born outside Canada have different life experiences than those who are born in Canada, their social and economic concerns may be different from those of Canadian-born individuals. This release examines the social and economic experiences of immigrants during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a new web panel survey that was conducted two weeks after the pandemic began.

COVID-19 and social support for seniors: Do seniors have people they can depend on during difficult times?

Release date: April 30, 2020

In an effort to avoid the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are engaging in physical distancing to minimize their social contact with others. However, social support systems continue to play an important role during this time. This study examines the level of social support reported by seniors living in private households.

Adults with a health education but not working in health occupations

Release date: April 29, 2020

With the continuing spread of COVID-19, many health-care workers in Canada are facing overwhelming workloads and risk exposure to the virus while caring for their patients. This article examines adults with a health education but not working in health occupations.

Canadians report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Release date: April 24, 2020

This article examines the self-perceived mental and physical health of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic and reports differences between women and men and for different age groups.

COVID-19 Disruptions and Agriculture: Temporary Foreign Workers

Release date: April 17, 2020

This article discusses the potential impact of border restrictions due to COVID-19 as it relates to the availability of temporary foreign workers during the 2020 growing season.

COVID-19 Pandemic: School Closures and the Online Preparedness of Children

Release date: April 15, 2020

This article discusses the potential impact of recent school closures on learning and academic performance of school children as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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