From April to June 2021, the Canadian Social Survey – COVID-19 and Well-being (CSS-CW) gathered data on Canadians and their personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collection period coincided with pandemic closures and physical distancing measures across most provinces. Thus the data reflects the opinions of Canadians living through this time of social and economic disruption.

Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of life for Canadians. During the period from April to June 2021:

  • 25% of Canadians reported experiencing high levels of stress most days
  • Nearly half of Canadians considered that their stress levels were worse than prior to the pandemic. This was particularly true among women; those aged 25 to 54; the LGBTQ2+ population; and those living with children.
  • Almost one in five (18% of) Canadians aged 25 to 44 reported that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they wanted to postpone their childbearing plans.

Published by: Statistics Canada

Publication Date: September 24, 2021

View a pdf of the survey report here: Canadian Social Survey: COVID-19 and well-being

View Additional information on the Statistics Canada website

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