Status: Ongoing

Across Canadian jurisdictions, there have been varied approaches to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, some more successful than others. Certain interventions, such as travel restrictions, have been implemented in the three territories and Atlantic Canada at various points. We are interested in determining how responsive provincial and territorial governments have been to changing conditions and advice from experts. Given the exponential spread of COVID-19, timing measures appropriately will prevent spread while minimizing economic disruption for citizens. Waiting too long to act can overwhelm healthcare resources, as we are currently seeing in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but not removing measures can stifle business sectors unnecessarily and contribute to ‘COVID fatigue’ in the general population.

Project description

Using published data from CIHI3 and PHAC that includes interventions and prevalence over time, we will develop a statistical model to assess the timing of adding or removing public health interventions, and the differences between jurisdictions. We may seek out other data sources as the work progresses. Intended outputs of this modelling exercise are to determine lessons learned for future pandemics, to which we will publish our model and findings in a peer reviewed, preferably open-source journal.

Project team

Dr. Lisa Kanary, Project Lead, School of Business and Leadership
Dr. Sara McPhee-Knowles, School of Business and Leadership

Partners and funders

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
YukonU Scholarly Activity Grant