Survey: Food Access Perceptions & Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2020

FLEdGE researchers in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada have partnered to conduct a survey of residents to better understand the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on consumer food access and concerns. 

The survey asks questions about participants’ food access, purchasing, and consumption behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with any perceived changes and concerns.  The study will generate knowledge on the early impact of the pandemic on consumers’ perceptions and key concerns about accessing food. This research will also contribute to the on-going Canada-wide discussion on the importance of transitioning to more reliable and resilient regional food systems. 

The survey can be completed in approximately 15 minutes. No personal information will be collected and all responses will be anonymous.

This study is being hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Ethics approval has been granted by the Research Ethics Board (; 604-599-3163).

The links to the surveys for residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador) are below.

Take the Survey – BRITISH COLUMBIA

Take the Survey – ALBERTA

Take the Survey – ATLANTIC CANADA

Take the Survey – ONTARIO

Lead Researchers & Institutions:

British Columbia: The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Alberta: Dr. Mary Beckie at the University of Alberta, in partnership with the ISFS
Ontario: Dr. Irena Knezevic at Carleton University, in partnership with the ISFS
Atlantic Canada: The Dalhousie University Food Policy Lab, in partnership with the ISFS