Ottawa immigrants more impacted by COVID-19

February 16, 2021

By CIC News |

Immigrants and racialized communities in Ottawa are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a new report.


The summary report titled The impact of COVID-19 on immigrants and racialized communities in Ottawa was based on a virtual community dialogue event hosted by The Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) and funded in part by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Sociodemographic data shows that racialized communities are over-represented among those who have tested positive to COVID-19. But why is this the case?

This is the question the community dialogue group discussions sought to answer. In addition, OLIP aimed to understand the best way to protect the community from the spread of the virus. The following are some of the findings.

Affected communities may face hardships when it comes to social aspects that largely impact people’s health and wellbeing. These include aspects such as employment, housing, transportation, racism, discrimination and access to healthcare.