The quantity and quality of social ties are a crucial factor in the ability of citizens and communities to recover from a disaster. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and public health guidelines regarding physical distancing, social bonds are now even more likely to influence post-crisis recovery. Changes in social ties due to the pandemic can also have negative consequences on resources normally accessible to individuals in times of crisis.
With this backdrop in mind, Cité-ID has obtained a mandate from the City of Montréal and Montréal’s Public Health Directorate to carry out a study on the social ties of Montrealers in six boroughs. Of particular interest is whether social ties have promoted individual and collective resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conducted to help Montréal’s public authorities and their partners increase resilience throughout the city, the Cité-ID study will explore the role of social ties in relation to 1) adherence to public health directives; 2) reductions in the negative effects of pandemic quarantine lockdowns on individual mental health and quality of life; and 3) collective resilience through interpersonal and organized support. Finally, the study also aims to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the close social ties of Montrealers.