Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians: Data Collection Series

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada is collecting data on an ongoing basis to better understand its impacts on Canadians.

In order to collect information on specific topics related to the impacts of the pandemic, the questionnaire will change on a regular basis.

The information will be used by various government departments such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, and other types of organizations to evaluate the need for health and social services, as well as economic support, during and after the pandemic.

Collection period:

  • April 3 to April 24, 2020: Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians
  • April 24 to May 9, 2020: Your Mental Health
  • May 12 to May 25, 2020: Perceptions of Safety
  • May 26 to June 8, 2020: Trust in Others
  • June 9 to June 22, 2020: Parenting During the Pandemic
  • June 23 to July 6, 2020: Living with Long-term Conditions and Disabilities
  • August 4 to 24, 2020: Experiences of Discrimination
  • November 24 to December 13, 2020: Health Care Workers: Infection Prevention and Control
  • February 21, 2022 to March 13, 2022: Testing and Vaccination

Our commitment to accessibility

We are continuing to work towards improving accessibility for all Canadians. For survey participation, our Collection Portal follows Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, and individuals who are blind and visually impaired can access our content using standard screen reading software. Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use an operator-assisted relay service can call us during regular business hours. They do not need to authorize the operator to contact us. They can also obtain additional support through our TTY line: 1-866-753-7083.

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

Record linkage

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

Published data

Statistics Canada publishes the results of its surveys in many formats. To find all the documents related to this survey, follow the links below and type the name of the survey in the search engine located at the left of your screen to filter the results.

Data: You will find tables, profiles of a community or region, thematic maps, public use microdata files, and data visualization tools.

Analysis: You will have direct access to Stats in brief (e.g., releases from The Daily, fact sheets), articles and reports, and journals and periodicals.

Survey-specific questions

Who can participate in this data collection series?

Anybody living in Canada in the ten provinces or three territories may be eligible to participate, depending on the specific topic.

Can I answer the questions by phone?

No. To conduct this data collection series as quickly as possible, we are only collecting information via online questionnaires.

When will the results be released?

The results of the questionnaires are released on our website on a regular basis.

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?

It takes approximately five minutes to complete a questionnaire.

For more information about this survey

Questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used