A quarter of Canadians “barely keep their heads above water”: survey


The economic hardship imposed by COVID-19 has put 27% of Canadians in a position where they can barely keep their heads above water, according to a survey.

The Angus Reid poll, released on Monday, found that 61% of those polled say they are in good shape, but worried about the long-running pandemic. Another 12% say they are in great shape to handle the financial problems associated with COVID.

Nearly 87% think the worst is yet to come, according to the survey.

“The majority of Canadians who say they are in good shape at the moment, but I’m worried about how long this will last. This is the group to really watch. This is strongly correlated with the 87% who say the worst is yet to come, “said Angus Reid executive director Shachi Kurl.

There is less consensus among those most directly affected as to how the nearly $ 100 billion in emergency response funding announced by the federal government will actually help.

Just under half of those who say they are already in bad shape – 45% – say that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit will be a big boost of $ 2,000 a month for up to up to four months. For 39% of people in difficulty, there is skepticism about whether the help will be enough.

“You have a significant number of people who say this is going to be vital for me,” said Kurl. “You still have 20% who say they will not be helped by this at all. When you extrapolate what that means for people who are already struggling, will they fall through the cracks? Is it a race against time to get this money out and then see who, if any, gets left behind? “

Conducted from April 1 to 3, the survey of 2,162 Canadian adults is considered to be accurate to within 2%, 19 times out of 20.

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