Public Release of COVID-19 Social Impact Youth Survey Results

May 20, 2020

May 21, 2020 – 10:00-10:45 am (EDT) – Virtual Press Conference

The COVID-19 crisis has changed life in Canada in extraordinary ways, particularly for Canada’s youth. For the first time in their lives, youth across the country have been asked – or required – to stop attending school, manage e-learning from home, avoid contact with friends and loved ones, reorient their part-time or summer employment opportunities, and stay safe at home.

Canada’s youth have not received much attention during the current crisis and supporting and engaging them is crucial to ensure the long-term success of this generation. Racialized, Immigrant and Indigenous youth, as well as youth with disabilities, continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and must be prioritized in Canada’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The Association for Canadian Studies’ COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, in partnership with Experiences Canada and the Vanier Institute of the Family, recently conducted the largest and most detailed nation-wide COVID-19 survey to-date among the 12 to 17 year old population in Canada. The survey results provide critical information on their attitudes and behaviours during the COVID-19 crisis with an aim to better understand their lived experiences in these unprecedented times.

This virtual press conference will share insights from the survey of over 1,000 youth from across Canada, highlighting the significant implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the lives of Canada’s young people.


  • Moderator: Tasha Kheiriddin, Media Commentator
  • Deborah Morrison, President & CEO, Experiences Canada
  • Ashley Manuel, Managing Director, Association for Canadian Studies
  • Ashley Reaume, Program Coordinator, Experiences Canada
  • Marika Warner, Director of Research & Evaluation, MLSE LaunchPad
  • Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family

About the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network

The COVID-19 Social Impacts Network is a multidisciplinary group of some of the country’s leading experts to help identify key issues, indicators and socio-demographics to generate evidence-based responses that address the social and economic dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis in Canada. For more information, visit:

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