ACCEC | The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Canadians.

Through a partnership between the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC) and Innovative Research Group (INNOVATIVE), we released a study exploring the perceptions of Black Canadians regarding the direct health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s Black Community.

The study found that compared to the Canadian average, Black Canadians report far worse health outcomes related to COVID-19. They are more likely to report symptoms, say they sought treatment and nearly three times as likely to report knowing someone who has died of the virus.

Although further research is needed, poorer health outcomes for Black Canadians may be explained by greater exposure at work to the virus. Black Canadians are much more likely to report their job requires them to work with people face-to-face (net +41 vs. +25 national average). They are also more likely to feel that no matter what steps they take, their day-to-day routine puts them at an uncomfortably high risk of catching the virus. A factor may be the commute, as Black Canadians are twice as likely to take public transport (25% vs. 12%) and twice as likely to report that their commute is unsafe (24% vs. 12%)

Black Canadians are also more likely (56% to 43%) to report layoffs or reduced working hours in their household and are more worried, over the next few months, about paying rent (45% to 36%). They are also more likely than the Canadian average to say their household finances have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

For detailed results, download our report here.

ACCEC | Canada’s most marginalized communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside Egale Canada, we partnered to release a Second National Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQI2S People in Canada. This research is a follow up to an initial national study released in April 2020 that uncovered alarmingly disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 for LGBTQI2S people in areas including household finances, job loss, mental and physical health, and overall quality of life.

Like with the first report, this second study reveals that despite improvements for all Canadians, LGBTQI2S people continue to be disproportionately impacted during COVID-19. Most significantly, this study found that Black and racialized LGBTQI2S people are the most impacted during these unprecedented times.

For detailed results, download our report here.

ACCEC | Discrimination in Canada.

Through a partnership between the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC) and Innovative Research Group (INNOVATIVE), this research study was designed to explore perceptions of Black Canadians and the broader Canadian population regarding systemic racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, policing, and Canada’s court systems.

A majority (53%) of Black Canadians live with discrimination in their daily lives, nearly 3 times the national average. These experiences of discrimination go hand in hand with lower confidence in the police and the courts. If we want to repair the Black Community and the police’s relationship, the research suggests we need to address systemic racism in the Canadian society head-on.

For detailed results, download our report here.