The pandemic has affected the social life and social activity of Quebecers

The pandemic has affected the social life and social activity of Quebecers
The pandemic has affected the social life and social activity of Quebecers

No less than 77% of Quebecers have been less satisfied with their social life since the start of the pandemic, according to the Quebec Population Health Survey.

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The Institut de la statistique du Québec unveiled its results on Tuesday, collected from 7,000 people aged 15 and over between November 2020 and April 2021. These were surveyed on questions relating specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study also reveals that 73% of Quebecers have worried about the health of a loved one at risk and 62% about their own health since the start of the pandemic.

In terms of feeling lonely, 19% often felt they lacked company, 18% often felt isolated from others, and 10% often felt left out.

Regarding physical activity, 45% of Quebecers reduced the frequency, while 12% increased it. Women are more likely than men to have moved more since the start of the pandemic, in a proportion of 15% against 10%.

Among all Quebecers, 5% indicated that they smoke more cigarettes. In addition, 14% increased their alcohol consumption with the pandemic, while 17% decreased it.

Impact on work

The pandemic has shaken the employment situation of a large number of Quebecers: 25% had to start working from home and 27% lost their jobs or closed their businesses temporarily or permanently. It is young people aged 15 to 24 who have mostly suffered such upheavals (40%).

In addition, 26% of Quebecers had difficulty meeting their financial obligations or meeting their basic needs.

May 2023

The complete results of the Quebec Population Health Survey (EQSP) will be released in May 2023. This cross-sectional survey of provincial, regional and local scope, which aims to collect information from 45,000 respondents on their lifestyle as well as as their physical and mental health. It is carried out every six years for the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

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