COVID-19 in St. James Town: The social determinants of health inequities reflected in Canada’s most diverse neighbourhood

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Avery McNair
Darryl D'Souza

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It has been well documented that COVID-19 does not affect all populations equally; the pandemic disproportionately impacts racialized, ethnic minority, low-income, and underserved communities. To further this conversation, this paper examines three adjacent, yet very distinct, neighbourhoods in the downtown core of Toronto, Ontario: St. James Town, Cabbagetown, and Rosedale. The socioeconomic positions of each neighborhood vary from low to high, and their respectiveCOVID-19 positive case counts are inversed. After laying out the COVID-19 case data for each region, we examine the stark demographic and socioeconomic inequalities of these neighborhoods. Finally, we frame this information through the lens of the social determinants of health to identify gaps as well as steps toward meaningful solutions.