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September 22, 2021
University of Guelph study looks at life in Oxford after COVID-19

Oxford Response to COVID-19 survey will help shape local programs and recovery efforts

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your life?

University of Guelph is working with Oxford County and more than 20 local partners to study how the pandemic has changed life for residents, including their health, wellbeing, social life, finances, and day-to-day living.

The 20-minute survey, Oxford Response to COVID-19, is online now until October 29 at Paper copies with prepaid return postage will also be mailed to Oxford County households next week.

The study is part of a University of Guelph research project on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rural and small urban communities. For their support, Oxford’s municipal and community partners receive study results and data for use in program planning and COVID-19 recovery initiatives, particularly those that relate to housing, mental health and addictions support, and income and food security.

For more information about the survey or to take it online, visit


The Oxford Response to COVID-19 survey is part of a study exploring the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on residents from small and rural communities across Ontario. It asks participants how they have experienced the pandemic, how their behaviour has changed, and how they believe their behaviour will change in the future.

The lead researcher for the Oxford Response to COVID-19 study is Leith Deacon, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, 519-824-4120 ext. 52521,

Financial support for this project is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). It is also supported by the following Oxford County partners:

Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford

Children’s Aid Society of Oxford

City of Woodstock

Community Employment Services

Community Futures Oxford

Domestic Abuse Services Oxford


Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Oxford Coalition for Social Justice

Oxford County

Oxford County Community Health Centre

Oxford County Federation of Agriculture

Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation

Social Planning Council Oxford

Southwestern Public Health

Thames Valley Family Health Team

Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre

Town of Ingersoll

Town of Tillsonburg

Township of Blandford-Blenheim

Township of East Zorra-Tavistock

Township of Norwich

Township of South-West Oxford

Township of Zorra

United Way Oxford

Wellkin Child & Youth Mental Wellness

COVID-19: Oxford County follows guidance from Southwestern Public Health and the Government of Ontario. See updates on our programs and services at