Wave 3 Results

  • 2,000 Canadians aged 18 and older were surveyed between May 5 and 10, 2020
  • Data was collected through an online survey with adult Canadians aged 18 years and older, randomly recruited through an online panel managed by Leger Consulting, a Canadian research firm
  • The data has been weighted to ensure that the sample distribution reflects the actual Canadian adult population according to Statistics Canada census data
  • There is no associated margin of error for the results, since a non-probability design means that results cannot be projected to the larger population.

Key Insights

Pandemic Outlook

Currently, 58% of Canadians believe that we are currently experiencing the worst of the crisis, or that the worst is behind us, up from 41% in Wave 1 [see chart].

Concerns

Roughly 4 in 10 Canadians have recently had some trouble sleeping, have felt anxious, lonely or depressed, while a quarter have experienced relationship strain with household members. About 1 in 10 have had physical reactions when thinking about their experience with COVID-19 [see chart].

Preventative Behaviours

While the use of most preventative measures have decreased from wave 1, the use of masks in public has increased with each wave [see chart]. Willingness to maintain behaviours has also risen slightly, notably physically distancing and changing from group to solo activities [see chart].

Shopping Behaviours

Most Canadians report having changed how or when they shop for groceries [see chart].

Views on Lifting Restrictions

Canadians report that restrictions on outdoor spaces and non-essential services should be lifted sooner than those on schools/daycare centres and gatherings [see chart].

Less than half of Canadians report that they are likely to eat in a restaurant within the next year. Even fewer report that they are likely to participate in social gatherings, or fly on a plane [see chart].

Selected Figures

A number of selected figures are presented below. For more information on the data set, please contact the Impact and Innovation Unit.

Figure A1. Do you think the worst of the crisis is behind us, we are currently experiencing the worst of the crisis, or the worst of the crisis is yet to come?

 
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    Table A1. Do you think the worst of the crisis is behind us, we are currently experiencing the worst of the crisis, or the worst of the crisis is yet to come?

     

Figure A5. How would you rate your level of knowledge on COVID-19? / How would you rate your level of knowledge on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

 
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    Table A5. How would you rate your level of knowledge on COVID-19? / How would you rate your level of knowledge on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

     

Figure A16. I’m worried about the idea of transmitting COVID-19 to people around me.

 
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    Table A16. I’m worried about the idea of transmitting COVID-19 to people around me.

     

Figure S19. Have you applied for any of the federal government’s financial relief measures for individuals?

 
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    Table S19. Have you applied for any of the federal government’s financial relief measures for individuals?

     

Figure S20. Have you applied for any of the federal government’s financial relief measures for employers?

 
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    Table S20. Have you applied for any of the federal government’s financial relief measures for employers?

     

Figure B7. Which of the following work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how often do you use them?

 
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    Table B7. Which of the following work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how often do you use them?

     

Figure B7b. How often have you used the following measures to keep from getting sick with COVID-19?

 
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    Table B7b. How often have you used the following measures to keep from getting sick with COVID-19?

     

Figure B9. COVID-19 feels…

 
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    Table B9. COVID-19 feels…

     

Figure B10. How do you feel about your life as a whole right now?

 
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    Table B10. How do you feel about your life as a whole right now?

     

Figure B11. In the past two weeks, have you…

 
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    Table B11. In the past two weeks, have you…

     

Figure C1. How much do you trust and use the following sources of information in their reporting about COVID-19?

 
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    Table C1. How much do you trust and use the following sources of information in their reporting about COVID-19?

     

Figure C3. The type of information I need the most is…

 
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    Table C3. The type of information I need the most is…

     

Figure C6. Have you been watching/reading the news more than usual, same as usual or less than usual?

 
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    Table C6. Have you been watching/reading the news more than usual, same as usual or less than usual?

     

Figure D1. How much confidence do you have in the individuals and organizations below that they can handle COVID-19 well?

 
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    Table D1. How much confidence do you have in the individuals and organizations below that they can handle COVID-19 well?

     

Figure E1. Please give your opinion on the following statements (level of agreement).

 
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    Table E1. Please give your opinion on the following statements (level of agreement).

     

Figure E7. If some of the measures that the government took due to COVID-19 were to end in the next 30 days, do you think these measures:

 
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    Table E7. If some of the measures that the government took due to COVID-19 were to end in the next 30 days, do you think these measures:

     

Figure E3. Have you implemented or plan to implement the following in order to prepare for COVID-19.

 
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    Table E3. Have you implemented or plan to implement the following in order to prepare for COVID-19.

     

Figure E4. Crises often involve fears and worries. At the moment, how much do you worry about…

 
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    Table E4. Crises often involve fears and worries. At the moment, how much do you worry about…

     

Figure E5. Once restriction measures begin to lift, how easy will it be for you to maintain the following behaviours over the long term (i.e. until 2021)?

 
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    Table E5. Once restriction measures begin to lift, how easy will it be for you to maintain the following behaviours over the long term (i.e. until 2021)?

     

Figure E8. Within the next year, how likely do you think it will be that you would...

 
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    Table E8. Within the next year, how likely do you think it will be that you would...

     

Figure E9. In the past two weeks, how often have you…..

 
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    Table E9. In the past two weeks, how often have you…..

     

Figure E11. To what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic changed how or when you shop for groceries?

 
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    Table E11. To what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic changed how or when you shop for groceries?

     

Figure E12. Please explain how (in what ways) your grocery shopping has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
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    Table E12. Please explain how (in what ways) your grocery shopping has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

Figure E13. When grocery shopping, how much time (in minutes) do you typically spend in a store, on average?

 
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    Table E13. When grocery shopping, how much time (in minutes) do you typically spend in a store, on average?

     

Respondent Regional Profiles

Age

  Canada (n=2,000) BC/Yukon (n=278) Alberta (n=263) Man/Sask (n=243) Ontario (n=590) Quebec (n=402) Atlantic (n=224)
18-34 years 27% 27% 32% 30% 28% 26% 23%
35-54 years 34% 33% 36% 33% 34% 33% 33%
55 years and older 39% 40% 32% 37% 38% 41% 44%

Gender

  Canada (n=2,000) BC/Yukon (n=278) Alberta (n=263) Man/Sask (n=243) Ontario (n=590) Quebec (n=402) Atlantic (n=224)
Male 48% 48% 47% 48% 48% 49% 47%
Female 51% 52% 50% 51% 52% 51% 52%
Gender diverse 1% 0% 2% 1% 0% 0% 1%

Education

  Canada (n=2,000) BC/Yukon (n=278) Alberta (n=263) Man/Sask (n=243) Ontario (n=590) Quebec (n=402) Atlantic (n=224)
High school or less 22% 21% 25% 27% 21% 20% 26%
College/trades 51% 49% 45% 49% 49% 57% 52%
University / post-graduate 27% 30% 30% 23% 29% 23% 22%