Continue Concerns – Canadian Alliance of Student Associations 2021 Report

Post-Secondary Students One Year into COVID-19

Executive Summary
This paper is a summary of public opinion research that surveyed postsecondary students across Canada in late March and early April 2021. The results are meant to capture a snapshot
of the student experience one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. It also serves as a follow-up to CASA’s May 2020 report, Students are Still Worried: COVID-19 and Post Secondary Education.

Accordingly, this paper reflects how the challenges, gaps, and barriers presented in 2020 have evolved over the past year, as well as identify new or persistent concerns and priorities. This public opinion research was commissioned by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and conducted by Abacus Data.

The survey was conducted with 1,000 post-secondary education students in Canada from March 30th to April 8th 2021. A random sample of panelists were invited  to complete the survey from a set of partner panels based on the Lucid exchange platform. These partners are typically double opt-in survey panels, blended to manage out potential skews in the data from a single source. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s post-secondary education population according to age, gender, language, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

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