COVID-19 has affected the health and well-being of Black communities.

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Black communities in Toronto and across the country in many ways.
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“You see that so many people died in your community or are struggling with [COVID] itself, because so many of our people are on the frontlines.”
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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.
16.8%
2020 unemployment rate within the Black Canadian population.
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UNEmployment

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).
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PUBLIC TRANSIT

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).
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FOOD INSECUrItY

28% of Black households reported experiencing food insecurity - this is likely to have gotten worse during the pandemic (Toronto Foundation, 2020).
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Black households reported experiencing food insecurity.
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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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The Black Health Alliance is leading an initiative in partnership with various Black community organizations, called HKfor10K, to provide PPE and hygiene kits to 10,000 Black Torontonians in need by the end of 2021.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why was this website developed?
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During our community consultations in December 2020, Black communities in Toronto requested a centralized platform to access trustworthy information on COVID-19, vaccination, and resources attentive to Black communities.
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You can share Black-led, focused, and serving resources to info@blackhealthalliance.ca. If possible, please indicate what category the resource falls under and the region that the resource is available to.
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General questions about COVID-19 and about website content can be directed to info@blackhealthalliance.ca.

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