Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students

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In these difficult times, when everyone's lives are being affected by COVID-19, you can do something important for the student community. You can provide your perspective on the current crisis, by letting us know how your studies, financial situation and other aspects of your life have been affected by the pandemic.

Please take five minutes to participate in this crowdsourcing data collection on the Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students.

Participate now in our data collection on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students

The purpose is to provide early insight into the educational, employment and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students. You will be asked about concerns regarding your academic future, and the financial strain of paying for tuition, rent and other expenses as a result of the pandemic. This information will be used by governments and other organizations to evaluate the need for services and assistance programs to support postsecondary students during and after the pandemic.

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

Do not hesitate to share this information with other postsecondary students—the more people that participate, the better the data!

Collection period:
From April 19 to May 1, 2020
Collection method:
Electronic questionnaire
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    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. Information from partially completed or unsaved questionnaires may also be retained and used.

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    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.

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    Topics covered

    Questions will cover

    • education
    • employment
    • financial situation.
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    Questions related to this data collection

    Who can participate in this data collection?

    All Canadian postsecondary students from coast to coast to coast—i.e., those enrolled in universities, colleges, and CEGEPs on March 1, 2020—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 mid-May 2020.

    What type of information are you collecting?

    We are collecting information on the impacts of COVID-19 on current postsecondary students in Canada, asking about concerns regarding their academic, labour market and financial situations.

    How long does it take to complete the questionnaire?

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

    I already participated in another COVID-19 crowdsourcing data collection with Statistics Canada. What is different about this one and can I participate in both?

    In order to understand all of the repercussions of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada is conducting several data collection initiatives, and some may overlap. Some are open to all Canadians and others are intended for specific audiences–such as this one specifically for postsecondary students.

    Even if you already participated in another Statistics Canada data collection initiative, if you are currently a postsecondary student, we encourage you to participate in this one as it speaks directly to the challenges facing students as a result of this pandemic.

  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5320
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