A snapshot of the pandemic’s impact on Black Canadians.
COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black communities in Toronto and across the country in many ways. This is not because of biology, but because of systemic anti-Black racism that has hindered the health and well-being of Black communities for decades.
This pandemic has merely exposed these pre-existing cracks in society.
2020 unemployment rate within the Black Canadian population.
For 38% of Black Canadians, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on their financial stability (Statistics Canada, 2021).
In 2020, 16.8% of working-age Black Canadians were unemployed (Toronto Foundation, 2020).
59% of Black women report using public transit as their primary source of transportation, meaning they are at an increased risk of catching COVID-19 (Toronto Foundation, 2020).
28% of Black households reported experiencing food insecurity - this is likely to have gotten worse during the pandemic (Toronto Foundation, 2020).
Black households reported experiencing food insecurity.
HOUSING & EVICTION
Eviction rates are twice as high in predominantly Black neighbourhoods, which has likely increased due to the financial impacts of COVID-19 (Toronto Foundation, 2020).
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