Economic impact of COVID-19 among visible minority groups
Author: Christoph Schimmele, Feng Hou, Kristyn Frank
Topic: Poverty issues, Research and evaluation
Publisher: Statistics Canada
Location: Canada
Format: Statistics
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: July 6, 2020

Since visible minorities often have more precarious employment and higher poverty rates than the White population, their ability to adjust to income losses due to work interruptions is likely more limited. Based on a large crowdsourcing data collection initiative, this study examines the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on visible minority groups.

Among the crowdsourcing participants who were employed prior to work stoppages, Whites and most visible minority groups reported similar rates of job loss or reduced work hours. However, visible minority participants were more likely than White participants to report that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their ability to meet financial obligations or essential needs, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and groceries.

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