Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, the research team has led multiple initiatives related to public health, including the creation of the COVID-19 Social Impacts Network, a multidisciplinary group of leading experts from across the country, to help identify key social and economic issues, indicators and socio-demographics to ask in bi-weekly surveys to Canadians.

The top-level findings that Canadians reported on the social and economic impacts of the virus from these bi-weekly studies have been repeatedly cited in the media. An extension of these efforts led to the creation of a North America-wide network currently in operation and a two-year research project examining the differential impacts of COVID-19 on newcomers, Indigenous Peoples and racialized communities in general in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Our Partners


Jack Jedwab, President and CEO of ACS and Metropolis Institute

Leading researchers that make up the Expert Advisory Committee will inform the topics and questions examined by the COVID-19 Social Research Network organized by the ACS and Metropolis Institute, the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

  • Senator Donna Dasko
  • David Schimpky Director of Secretariat, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
  • Nora Spinks Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Hubert Lussier retired – Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Heritage
  • Jane Badets retired – Assistant Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada
  • Christian Bourque Executive Vice President, Léger Marketing
  • Wendy Cukier Professor and founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  • Jennifer Kaddatz Special Advisor, Vanier Institute of the Family
  • Tasha Kheiriddin Media commentator
  • Howard Ramos Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology, Western University
  • Marika Warner Director of Research and Evaluation, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
  • Lori Wilkinson Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Manitoba
  • Cary Wu Assistant Professor of Sociology, York University
  • Sebastien Poitras Associate Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Léger Marketing
  • Joan Atlin Research Director, World Education Services
  • Jasmine Gill Lawyer and Policy Advocate
  • Ilene Hyman Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • June Francis Co-director, Co-Laboratorio Project, Simon Fraser University
  • Deborah Morrison President, Experiences Canada
  • Madeline Ziniak Consultant, Chairperson of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association
  • Jean Teillet Partner at Pape Salter Teillet LLP
  • David Heurtel Counsel at Fasken
  • Fariborz Birjandian CEO, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Minelle Mahtani Associate Professor, Institute for Social Justice at University of British Columbia
  • Monica Boyd Canada Research Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy and Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto
  • Simona Bignami Associate Professor in the Department of Demography, Université de Montréal
  • Chedley Belkhodja Principal and Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
  • Linton Garner Executive Director, Regional Association of West Quebecers
  • Doug Norris Senior Vice President and Chief Demographer, Environics Analytics
  • Alicia Kyte Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University
  • Carl Everton James Professor, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, York University

Lead Researcher:

Paul Holley, PhD, is the Research Director of ACS and Metropolis Institute. His current research focuses on immigrant integration and inclusion, gender equality and public health responses to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Research Support:

Stefan Stefanovic –  holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Belgrade in Serbia with a focus on research. He has 7 years of experience in conducting applied research, data analyses of large datasets, writing research reports and presenting findings to government officials, researchers, academics, and international stakeholders. He analyzes different national survey datasets to assess the impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and measure its socioeconomic and health-related effects.


  • Statistics Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE)
  • Canadian Heritage (PCH)
  • Public Safety Canada (PS)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Service Canada
  • Infrastructure Canada

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