- Loneliness and social isolation are urgent public-health matters that call for vigorous response on the part of government, the voluntary and non-profit sector, faith communities, and others.
June 29, 2020
This backgrounder is intended to provide context for Cardus’s focus on loneliness and social isolation. Cardus research is intended not only to raise awareness and provide insight into a particular area of public life, but also to stimulate action and behavioural changes that have a positive impact on social flourishing.
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?
March 11, 2021
Building community has not been easy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gathering restrictions have been difficult enough for those with strong relationships, but for those who were already struggling to develop meaningful connections, the added challenges of physical distancing requirements and stay-at-home orders have simply added to their social isolation.
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
April 23, 2020
Before COVID-19 hit the scene, an “ism” had arisen to diagnose our suspicious mood: tribalism.
April 14, 2020
Should the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown prompt Canada to follow other countries and implement government loneliness strategies? Devin Drover weighs the evidence.
April 20, 2020
"Is it possible that a global pandemic can deepen our local ties and even strengthen our communities?" writes Milton Friesen in the Canadian Science Policy Centre. "A pandemic may touch every country, but as with nearly all aspects of our lives, the day-to-day effects immediately around us are primary and deeply significant."
December 20, 2019
During the next two weeks, many of us will find comfort, joy and connectedness in the presence of friends and family. For others, however, the holiday season ushers in a sense of loneliness and social isolation.
Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity
August 12, 2019
What can we can do to fix the loneliness epidemic? Is a pill really the answer? This National Post article on the matter cites a poll produced by the Angus Reid Institute in partnership with Cardus which gauges Canadians' experience with social isolation and loneliness.