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Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian families and children

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infographic for the Statistics Canada report "Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Families and Children"
Publication Date: 
9 Jul 2020

Excerpted from the report

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way of life for Canadian families, parents and children. Because of physical distancing and employment impacts, parents have altered their usual routines and supports, and many children and families have been isolated in their homes for months. Children, in particular, may not have left their homes or seen any friends or family members other than their parents for an extended period, since children do not typically have to leave their homes for essential services. However, the impact of the pandemic on families has yet to be described. The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot of the experiences of Canadian parents and families during this unprecedented time.

Unlike other surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, crowdsourcing data are not collected under a probability sampling design. As a result, the findings reflect only the responses of those who completed a questionnaire, and thus cannot be generalized to the entire Canadian population. In fact, readers should note that a large proportion of crowdsourcing participants who voluntarily completed this online questionnaire between June 9 and June 22 were women, were born in Canada and had a bachelor's degree or higher.