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Survey: COVID-19 and the housing experiences of newcomers and temporary residents living in Newfoundland and Labrador

September 29, 2021

Update (November 1, 2021): Please note that a password is now required to access the survey. The password is MUNhousingsurvey2021.

Read this in: Arabic | Tagalog | Tigrinya

PLIAN is a partner organization with Memorial University’s Department of Geography on a research study called “COVID-19 and the housing experiences of newcomers and temporary residents living in Newfoundland and Labrador” along with the Association for New Canadians (ANC), Municipalities of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Housing and Homelessness Coalition. The following message from the Department of Geography is to seek participants in a survey associated with the research study. Please note that participation in this study is not a requirement for access to any programs and services offered by PLIAN or any other partner organization.

The purpose of this study is to compare the housing experiences of immigrants, refugees, and temporary residents (including international students, migrant workers, and visitors), and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these experiences in NL. We also want to consider how the barriers and needs of these populations can be addressed.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. It is available in English, Arabic, Tagalog, and Tigrinya. It should take no more than 25 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have an opportunity to enter a draw to win one of 25 visa gift cards of $50.

To be eligible to participate in this study, you:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Currently live in Newfoundland and Labrador (permanently or temporarily)
  • Were born outside of Canada and have spent 10 years or less in Canada
  • Came to Canada first as an international student, temporary worker, refugee (Protected Person), immigrant, and /or a visitor (tourist, or family member of one of the other categories)
  • Canadian citizens are eligible if they meet the criteria above

If you would like more information about this study, please contact Yolande Pottie-Sherman at

If you are interested in participating in this study, please click the following link:

The proposal for this research has been reviewed by the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and found to be in compliance with Memorial University’s ethics policy. If you have ethical concerns about the research, such as the way you have been treated or your rights as a participant, you may contact the Chairperson of the ICEHR at or by telephone at 709-864-2861.