Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians

In these difficult times, when everyone's lives are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can do something important for your family, friends, neighbours and community.

Your country, province and municipality need reliable information on the current economic and social situation, as well as on people's physical and mental health, to effectively assess the needs of communities and implement suitable support measures during and after the pandemic.

Since the start of this pandemic, Canadians have shown great solidarity toward one another. We encourage you to keep this momentum going by letting us know how you are coping during this pandemic and how it has affected your life. We need as many Canadians as possible to participate—from coast to coast to coast.

Thank you for helping us release essential data to inform Canadians and contribute to decision making. We are counting on you!

Do not hesitate to share this information with your friends, family and colleagues.


Collection period:

Starts April 3, 2020

Collection methods:

Electronic questionnaire

Survey participation:



Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.

Data sharing agreements and record linkage

To enhance the data from this survey and reduce response burden, Statistics Canada may combine the information you provide with data from other surveys or administrative sources.

Topics covered in the survey

The survey asks questions about

  • physical and mental health
  • economic and social situation.

Survey-specific questions

Who can participate in this data collection?

All Canadians from the ten provinces and three territories are eligible to participate.

Where can I find the questionnaire?

You can easily access the online questionnaire by selecting the button "Participate now" at the top of this page.

Can I answer the questions by phone?

No. To conduct this survey as quickly as possible, we are unable to collect information by phone.

When will the results be released?

The results will be released on our website by the end of April 2020.

What type of information are you collecting?

We are collecting information on the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians, as well as on the social and employment circumstances of Canadians.

How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?

The questionnaire takes only about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey, why am I asked to provide my email address and whether I would like to participate in the Canadian Perspectives Survey Series?

Statistics Canada is looking for volunteers to participate in a new data collection project called the Canadian Perspective Survey Series. This project involves conducting a series of short surveys (five to ten minutes each) using electronic questionnaires with the same respondents over a one-year period. A new survey will be sent out to volunteers by email every month or two, and will have different content on a wide variety of important social topics such as health, education and emerging technologies.

Participation in the Canadian Perspective Survey Series is not mandatory.

For more information about this survey

survey number 5311