A Decade of Change, Community Resiliency in Newfoundland and the Impact of the Cod Moratorium on Health and Social Well-Being

Lay Summary 

This is a comparative study of all NL communities between 1990 and 2000. The purpose is to assess the economic, social, and health changes associated with a difficult decade, which has included resource failures, emigration, and community decline.

This study is unique in that it combines several large scale administrative and survey databases in economics, and health and social/economic indicators, to compare and contrast the economic, social, and health status of nearly three hundred communities over the decade. It is the only known integrated, quantitative data base available to track wide spectrum social, economic, and health change at the community level in a period of high uncertainty and resource collapse. It combines Health Canada, Community Accounts, and Statistics Canada data on 276 Newfoundland island communities. Sub comparisons are provided for different communities depending upon their level of ‘fishery dependency’.

It is arguably the single best source to track comprehensive changes at a community level by bringing together information from several different institutional sources into a single data base, thereby allowing comparisons and analysis up to now unavailable without extensive data manipulation and modification across different data sets.

Community Health and Humanities
Health Policy Research Program, Health Canada Project # 6795-15-2003/5740002
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Rural Development
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Provincial and Territorial Public Administration
Start date 
1 Jan 2002
End date 
31 Dec 2006