Social Isolation

Setting more places at the table: From social isolation to community connection

What is social isolation? How do loneliness, social exclusion, and disconnection from community affect people at different stages in their lives? What forces are pushing people into more insular lives?  And what is being done to connect people back to one another, to healthy food and safe spaces? 

More than ever before, Canadians are living alone, and nearly one quarter describe themselves as lonely. Socially isolated adults face worse health as they age, and are less likely to participate in society. For populations facing marginalization and stigma, the sense of isolation and inability to access resources can be even greater.

In this webinar, we were joined by two esteemed panelists, André Picard, The Globe and Mail’s public health reporter and Wellesley Institute researcher Laura Anderson. We explored how to fight social isolation and restore a sense of connectedness to communities — from grassroots interventions, like those community food security organizations are building on the ground, to broader policy solutions. CFCC’s Chief Operating Officer, Kathryn Scharf, moderated the conversation.

Video from the webinar is broken into the following chapters:

  1. What is social isolation? Why is it growing?
  2. How does social isolation affect people's health? When did you first understand its impact?
  3. What happens when things go right? Global grassroots solutions to social isolation
  4. How can urban planning and our built environment influence social connection?
  5. Does social media connect us or isolate us?

Be sure to explore the extensive resources on the right hand side, including CFCC's Social Isolation Research Brief and  related links shared during the webinar.