August 20, 2020
I have a query from a researcher working on the impact of COVID-19 on women:
Does Statistics Canada had a standard definition of "frontline" or "essential" workers during this pandemic, or of the "caring economy"? If yes, what are the accompanying NAICS codes used in that data collection?
We have no formal definition but here is what is being collected through the Survey of COVID-19 and Mental Health (which will be in collection in late fall):
- During the reference week, we asked the question, “were you considered an essential worker?”
- An essential worker is defined as an individual who works in a service, facility or in an activity that is necessary to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functions of Canadians.
However, this question does not necessarily connect to a specific set of industry codes according to NAICS.