Through an in-kind partnership with INNOVATIVE Research Group, we would like to present a timely study that highlights the unique impact that the COVID-19 crisis has on Canada’s LGBTQI2S community.
- The COVID-19 crisis has affected the employment security for a majority (53%) of Canada’s LGBTQI2S households.
- An estimated half of Canada’s LGBTQI2S household have faced lay-offs or reduced employment hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This compares to 39% of overall Canadian households.
- Compared to the average Canadian household, the LGBTQI2S community is less confident in their households’ current financial situation as well as their ability to bounce back if they were to lose their job.
- LGBTQI2S community reported greater current and expected impacts of COVID-19 on their physical and mental health, and overall quality of life.
- 42% of the LGBTQI2S community reported significant impacts on their mental health in the current situation compared to 30% of non-LGBTQI2S people.
- The expected significant impact on mental health in 2 months time rises to 58% for the LGBTQI2S community compared to 42% of non-LGBTQI2S people.
- 21% of LGBTQI2S people with chronic illnesses report a significant impact on their physical health right now. The expected significant impact on physical health in 2 months time rises to 43%, compared to 30% for non-LGBTQI2S people.
- 53% of the LGBTQI2S community do not feel confident in their current household’s financial situation, compared to 40% of non-LGBTQI2S people.
- 49% of LGBTQI2S people are worried about social issues, compared to 24% of their non-LGBTQI2S counterparts.
- 29% of LGBTQI2S people are living with a chronic health condition, compared to 15% of non-LGBTQI2S people.
- LGBTQI2S respondents are about 10% more likely to report being in self isolation than non-LGBTQI2S people (58% vs. 49%)
- The community also holds stronger views on the importance of social distancing and the personal efforts they can undertake to avoid getting and passing on COVID-19.
These results have been shared with the government so that they can apply it to decision making frameworks and policies that assist and fund one of the most vulnerable groups in our society.