Several studies have shown that individual and collective resilience following a crisis depends to a large extent on the and the quality of individuals’ social ties. While social bonds have been weakened and transformed by the pandemic, how is it possible to preserve and strengthen?
After an analysis of the effects of the pandemic on social ties in the six boroughs of Montréal, researchers from Cité-ID proposed to be more concerned with the quality of social ties in the process of collective recovery in the face of COVID-19. It is recommended to intervene to break the cycle of isolation created by the pandemic for people who already benefit from a restricted social network. Second, a strategy should be developed to avoid a decrease in social cohesion due to an increase in distrust of young adults and strangers during the pandemic. Finally, the types of social links must be strengthened in anticipation of crises, in particular by strengthening a strong and coordinated social infrastructure between public authorities (cities, ministries) and community organizations.
These recommendations are based on a study by the Cité-ID team on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the links of residents of the city’s six boroughs. The objective was to better understand how the social capital of Montrealers can play a role in individual and collective resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.