Research Report Round-up: From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19


The annual report of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada examines the state of public health in Canada. It describes the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Canadians, both directly and through the steps taken to diminish its effect. The report also provides suggestions for strengthening Canada’s preparedness for future public health emergencies.

This Research Report Round-up presents a summary of the report. Research Report Round-ups are brief, plain-language summaries of research reports, presented in a user-friendly format. Read the summary below or download the PDF.

Title and link to report

From Risk to Resilience: An Equity Approach to COVID-19

Du risque à la résilience : Une approche axée sur l’équité concernant la COVID-19


Public Health Agency of Canada


October 2020



What this report is about

The annual report of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada examines the state of public health in Canada in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This year’s report provides an overview of the evolving understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and its global impact. It also reviews Canada’s public health response, examines the impact of these measures and looks at the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of people in Canada.

Among these impacts are the following:


The report also outlines some factors that affected specific groups more often than the rest of the population:


The report also points to some of the longer-term consequences that may result from the indirect impacts of COVID-19 public health measures:


Finally, the review suggests approaches for rebuilding from the pandemic and improving the health and well-being of Canadians that touch on the following areas:

How can this report be used

This report may be of use to public health professionals and system planners in designing programs to address the impacts of COVID-19 on the health and mental health of Canadians.

Populations addressed

Canadian population


COVID-19, coronavirus, health, mental health, employment, housing, sustainability, food insecurity, data collection


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This knowledge exchange activity is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), which is part of the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - “CAMH”). EENet has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Ministry of Health (“MOH”). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of either MOH or of CAMH.

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