Today, Innovative Research Group Inc. released its latest tracking on feelings of well-being. The online survey of 1,211 Canadians was conducted from December 16th to 22nd.
The survey included standard questions of well-being prior to raising the topic of COVID-19 to track absolute changes in independent measures. Items included perceptions of stress, mental health, general health and satisfaction with life.
Generally, all these measures started with relative lows early in pandemic, quickly improved by the summer of 2020 and then ebbed. This month, three of the four measures are at or near pandemic lows:
One third (34%) of Canadians say their mental health is fair or poor, up 11-points from our initial measure in March 2020 and up 13-points from the low in June 2020.
Just under 3-in-10 say their life is quite a bit or extremely stressful, 1 point down from the high seen at the start of the pandemic.
While 54 percent say they are satisfied with life, this is down from a peak of 63% in the summer of 2020.
Just 37% say their health is excellent or very good, down 10-points from its peak at the beginning of the pandemic.
We also looked at confidence in the health care system. Just over half (53%) of Canadians agree with the statement “I’m confidence that if I had a serious medical problem, I’d be able to get the health care services I need.” This is down 13-points from the start of the pandemic and down 22 points from its peak in the summer of 2020.