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More than half of Canadian parents say their children are still experiencing “negative effects” from the pandemic, more than two years after COVID-19 disrupted life around the world.

According to LifeWorks’ monthly Mental Health Index, released Wednesday, 56 percent of parents notice their children’s mental health and development is deteriorating.

“When it comes to the disruption and isolation of the pandemic, children’s mental health is severely impacted. Understandably, this is having a major impact on parents and families,” said Stephen Liptrap, LifeWorks president and chief executive officer, in a press release.

The report found that 27 percent of parents have noticed that their children are anxious about the future, 24 percent a deterioration in social development, and 23 percent a deterioration in academic development.

Just 39 percent of Canadian parents said they had not had a significant impact on their children in the wake of the pandemic. This group also had the “most favorable mental health,” ranking a mental health score that was seven points above the national average of 65.

According to the report, anxiety levels in children as young as 15 are higher than the national average in Canada, and children between the ages of 10 and 14 experience the worst mental health effects.

The report found that the effects on social development were more universal, with parents of children between the ages of two and 18 all reporting adverse effects.

A similar percentage of children between the ages of six and 18 experience negative impacts on their academic development, the report says.

“As organizations consider supporting employee well-being, emphasizing the needs of parents as well as support programs for employees and families is critical,” Liptrap said.

“These resources are critical to ensuring employees and their families can thrive, which benefits those families, their employers and society at large.”


The report also examined the impact of the pandemic on Canadians’ purchasing and investment decisions, noting that how a company or brand treats its employees is considered more important than how the company treats the environment.

33 percent of Canadians are influenced by how a company treats its employees, as opposed to 13 percent of those who are influenced by how a company behaves towards the environment.

“We are rightly concerned about the impact of organizations on the environment, but many organizations underestimate how important their impact on people is to customers and investors,” said Paula Allen, global leader and senior vice president of Research and Total Wellbeing at LifeWorks in a release.

“The link between a company’s support for employee well-being and a company’s productivity, innovation and customer service is crystal clear, and now the link to consumer purchasing and investment preferences as well.”

The LifeWorks Composite Mental Health Index for July 2022 improved almost a point from 64.1 in the previous month to 65 out of 100 points. LifeWorks also reports that all mental health sub-scores have improved since June.

The sub-scores compared to pre-pandemic benchmarks include financial risk, mental health, isolation, work productivity, anxiety, depression and optimization.

According to the report, mental health scores fell in British Columbia, Alberta and the Maritimes, although improvements were seen in all other provinces. Quebec showed the greatest improvement.

LifeWorks’ latest monthly index is based on an online survey in English and French with 3,000 responses collected between July 7th and July 13th, 2022. All are Canadian residents and currently employed or have been employed in the past six months, according to the Index .

The HR firm, formerly known as Morneau Shepell, says individual responses are converted into scores using a response scoring system to create the Mental Health Index. Better mental health and lower mental health risk are associated with higher scores.

More than half of Canadians say pandemic has negatively impacted their children: report

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