60% of respondents to a survey conducted locally believe our community will be stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic than it was going into the crisis. The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, in partnership with six other workforce planning boards, have released their COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results to help inform the ongoing development of responsive employment-related initiatives. Locally, the survey collected 715 respondents from workers and job seekers. The survey also asked about the extent to which a worker’s employment status might have changed since March 2, 2020, their occupation, and in which sector they are employed. This information provides insight into which groups of workers have been most affected and in what ways.
The COVID-19 crisis has made significant impacts locally and globally in regards to business, livelihoods, and jobs. Using the survey, Workforce Planning West is sharing the results so all policy and decision-makers have a better understanding of how the crisis has impacted jobs and families in our region.
Key findings from the survey also include:
- 64% of respondents are still working through this crisis (43% are working from home).
- 31% have lost their job temporarily and 3% have permanently lost their job due to the COVID-19 crisis.
- 46% percent of respondents are working the same or more during this time (32% are working the same amount, 14% are working more). 22% are working less and 30% are no longer working).
- 63% are confident in their ability to find work after the crisis. That compares to the 22% of respondents who were not confident in finding work.
Click here to see our Covid-19 Worker Impact Study Summary Report.
“This survey has started to give us some insights into how our local workforce is dealing with this current crisis and the attitudes around our ability to recover economically. It gives us a strong picture of where we need to focus our resources and efforts” says Charlene Hofbauer, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.
The results of this survey will give government, business, and the community a better understanding of how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the workforce. The survey was open from March 26 to April 20, 2020.
Two dashboards are available to help people view and interpret the raw survey results online:
- COVID-19 Worker Impact Survey Results Dashboard: Filter and view aggregated survey responses in all of Southwestern Ontario to create a customized report.