People of color in British Columbia more likely to experience job loss, financial hardship from COVID-19, survey finds

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People of color in British Columbia are more likely to have suffered job loss and financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, new data from the province shows.Provincial health officer Dr.Bonnie Henry revealed some of the responses to the province’s COVID-19 population health survey on Thursday, exposing the pandemic’s toll on people of different ethnicities and racial.

About 395,000 British Columbians responded to the survey, which asked questions about the financial and social impact of the pandemic on them.

“There was a different impact on racialized populations in British Columbia,” Henry said. “It’s not a surprise to us, but it’s something we need to pay attention to. ”

Those who identified as respondents from West Asia, Latin America and South Asia were the most likely to report difficulty meeting financial needs.

Respondents from West Asia, Latin America and Black were the most likely to report job losses caused by the pandemic.

White respondents had less financial hardship and were more likely to work, but reported drinking more alcohol.

Japanese, Korean and South Asian respondents were the most likely to have difficulty accessing health care.

Respondents from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Black were also the most likely to report an increased connection to family.

Calls for race-based data

The survey results come as the province asks the province to collect race-based COVID-19 data to understand the impacts of the virus on people of different races and ethnicities.

Kevonnie Whyte, a member of the City of Vancouver’s Racial and Ethnocultural Equity Advisory Committee, said earlier this week that the poll results don’t give the full picture because the information is voluntary.

“We need it to be mandatory,” Whyte said.

The survey also found that people with incomes below $ 60,000 reported food security issues and difficulty meeting their financial needs.

More than three-quarters of households with school-aged children said the pandemic had affected their learning, and 59% said the pandemic had increased their child’s stress.

“These are all important considerations for how we move forward and the decisions we will make in the weeks and months to come,” Henry said.

The province announced that students will return to school on September 10.

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