has COVID-19 changed your life?

The COHESION study

As we are dealing with completely altered living conditions because of the pandemic, it is essential to understand how we are coping, today and in the coming months.  

The COHESION study, led by a team of researchers across Canada, evaluates the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on individuals like you, across the country. With data you provide by completing online surveys and installing a smartphone app, you help understand how daily activities, social interactions, and the mental health of Canadians are being affected throughout, and following, the pandemic.

Collected data will be anonymized and analyzed by a team of scientists. Results will be shared with decision makers and public health experts. It will guide and inform ongoing and future public health interventions for communities and individuals alike.
Cohesion Process Explained
Cohesion Process Explained

How can I participate?

If you are at least 15 years old and live in Canada, you can participate!

You will be invited to fill online surveys on a regular basis. You can also choose to download our research app that collects information on your mobility, physical activity levels and social contacts.

Surveys

Mandatory

Initial survey:
You will be asked to complete a first survey (baseline) that focuses on life pre-COVID-19 (before the pandemic). It will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. Once registered, you will receive login information to your COHESION account so you can log into your portal and continue your survey anytime.

Follow-up surveys:
You will regularly be invited to complete follow-up surveys to share your habits and experiences (10-15 minutes). This timely data will be very useful for public health officials to understand how we are adjusting to different re-opening measures.

Win a prize!

Each time you start a weekly survey, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards!

Smartphone APP

Optional

When you register for the study, you can also choose to download a smartphone app.* This app will keep track of your daily mobility (GPS) and physical activity level (pedometer - counting of steps), and collect Bluetooth data that will provide indications on the intensity of social interactions.**

The app will prompt you to answer very brief questions on your well-being and daily activities.
View details *
* Download the free Ethica app for your iOS or Android smartphone and open the app to activate it. Carry your smartphone as you would normally with the app running in the background to record GPS location and step count.

** The app only uploads information when your device is connected to Wi-Fi. It does not consume any mobile data or require a data plan to work.

COHESION USER PROFILE

The Data We Collect

ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES
RELATED TO COVID-19 AND CONTAINMENT MEASURES

DAILY MOBILITY AND CHANGES IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL ISOLATION AND STIGMA

SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHICS

Food Security

HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION

Who IS BEHIND COHESION?

This study is led by a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, public health researchers, mental health experts and computer scientists from the University of Montreal (Yan Kestens, Gregory Moullec, Kate Zinszer) and University of Saskatchewan (Kevin Stanley). It is supported by various public health authorities across the country.

TIMELINE

The COHESION study was launched in May 2020. As a long-term study, it will continue as long as the COVID-19 crisis is present and having an impact on the Canadian population. If you sign up, you will be invited to regularly fill surveys for the duration of the study but you can leave the study at any moment.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to take part in the study, participants must be over 15 years old and currently living in Canada.

PRIVACY

All information collected will be kept confidential. Data provided is only accessible to research team members. All data will be stored on secure Canadian servers (Compute Canada). The results will be shared with public health agencies. Data used for analysis and future scientific publications will be anonymized and aggregated.

Join the COHESION study!

Contribute to research and help decision makers and researchers address the challenges we are facing today!
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