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COVID-19 continues to impact the social and economic lives of Canadians, with approximately 132,000 hospitalizations and more than 35,000 deaths to date. More than 30 million Canadians are now fully vaccinated against the virus. With the emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Canadians continue to adapt to the challenges and risks associated with COVID-19, but may do so in a different way going forward as public health restrictions begin to lift across the country.

A new presentation, COVID-19 in Canada: A Two-year Update on Social and Economic Impacts, provides an integrated summary of recent developments at the COVID-19 pandemic's two-year mark. This presentation reviews selected social and economic impacts of the pandemic, highlighting potential longer-term challenges moving forward. This presentation updates and extends the analysis presented in COVID-19 in Canada: Year-end Update on Social and Economic Impacts, released in December 2021. Additional data products and analyses related to the pandemic are found at COVID-19: a data perspective.

Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm ET

About the presenter: Guy Gellatly is a Principal Researcher in the Analytical Studies Branch at Statistics Canada. His research has focused primarily on business innovation and industrial dynamics. Since 2012, he has led the Current Analysis Group at Statistics Canada, which provides information and analysis on current developments and emerging trends in Canada’s economy. He also supports a range of quality assurance activities and analytical initiatives at the agency. Mr. Gellatly has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University.