Rotrand to present COVID race-based, socio-economic data collection motion

Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand

More than a dozen community groups are calling on Montreal council to pass Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand's motion "calling on provincial and federal public health authorities to collect race-based and socioeconomic data on COVID-19."

The groups, including the Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), and Rotrand held a Zoom meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the issue.

The motion will be presented by Rotrand at the Feb. 22 council meeting and seconded by Giuliana Fumagalli, Mayor of the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc Extension borough.

Specifically, the motion calls on council to “urge the provincial and federal public health authorities to collect and report disaggregated data including race, income, disability, and other social determinants of health that will inform evidence-based health-care and social program interventions.”

Rotrand says CRARR is working with him "to address research data in both Canada and the U.S. showing that COVID-19 disproportionately impacts racialized communities, as well as those who experience systemic barriers to healthcare access due to poverty, economic exclusion and systemic racism."

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