Network to Inform Social Policy on COVID-19 Variants and Vaccination


While evidence suggests that there are economic and cultural differences in how COVID-19 affects various communities, what is less known is how the restrictions imposed by governments in order to “flatten the curve” may have affected the mental, social and economic health of various groups. The virus spreads more easily amongst people in vulnerable situations such as in overcrowded housing and workplaces. These conditions are particularly prevalent among Indigenous peoples and newcomers. Our interconnected borders, cultures, economies and peoples have necessitated a cross-national comparison of Canada, US and Mexico to understand and answer two central questions:

How have COVID-19 related government-imposed regulations differentially influenced the mental health and well-being of Indigenous peoples, racialized persons and immigrants?

To what extent have socioeconomic inequalities faced by Indigenous peoples, racialized persons and immigrants influenced their experience of COVID-19 and its related social and economic restrictions?

This CIHR-funded project utilizes a mixed-methods approach including up to six surveys and in-depth interviews. Each survey will include nearly 8,000 participants across the three countries on a variety of topics from trust, fear, co-morbid health conditions, mental health, employment and financial impacts and vaccination. Interviews will provide more detailed information about how COVID-19 impacts the everyday lives and well-being of our communities.

This dynamic study will provide insight into the disproportionate impact on more vulnerable communities across the three countries to provide evidence-based information for policy makers, community and the general public.

This work is funded through two grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (202005VR5-448105-CSH-CDAA-125596 and VS2-175571) and a MITACS Accelerate grant. Study partners include the Metropolis Institute and Leger Marketing.

Our Partners


Lori Wilkinson – University of Manitoba

Kiera Ladner – University of Manitoba

Jack Jedwab – President and CEO of ACS-Metropolis

Lisa Abramowicz, Association for Canadian Studies
Randall Akee, UCLA
Isabel Altaminaro-Jiménez, University of Alberta
Kiran Banerjee, Dalhousie University
Christian Bourque, Léger
Monica Boyd, University of Toronto
Stephanie Carroll, University of Arizona
Jaime Cidro, University of Winnipeg
Rodolfo Cruz Piñero, El COLEF
Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
Jonathan Dewar, First Nations Information Governance Centre
Katherine Donato, Georgetown University
Mohamed Elmi, Ryerson University
Agustin Escobar Latapí, CIESAS
Chelsea Gabel, McMaster University
Joe Garcea, University of Saskatchewan
Erin Hershberg, American University (Washington, DC)
Paul Holley, Association for Canadian Studies
Miriam Jorgensen, University of Arizona
Jeremy Patzer, University of Manitoba
Sébastien Poitras, Léger
Howard Ramos, Western University (Canada)
Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, UCLA
Thomas Soehl, McGill University
Michelle Tellez, University of Arizona
Erin Tolley, University of Toronto
Vanessa Watts, McMaster University
Stacey Wilson-Forsberg, Wilfred Laurier University
Min Zhou, UCLA

Jasmine Thomas – University of Manitoba

  • Avery Hallberg, University of Manitoba
    Valérie Georges, University of Manitoba
    Sally Ogoe, University of Manitoba
    Nikol Veisman, University of Manitoba
    Carlos S. Ibarra, EC Frontera Norte
    Rolando Hernandez, CIESAS
    Lauren Henasey, Georgetown University
    Erika Yadirah Tenorio, University of Arizona
    Alejandra Guadalupe Encinas Garcia, University of Arizona
    Nicholas Parent, Wilfred Laurier

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