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Women are more likely to wear face masks in Canada than men

How many people actually wear face masks in Canada? Well, that could depend entirely on your gender, according to a recent survey from Statistics Canada.

Although 65 per cent of Canadians reported they would wear a mask in crowded public places (up by 23 per cent since May), that number varied greatly between women and men, according to the survey.

Almost three-quarters of women (72 per cent) said that they would don a mask in public places, while only 59 per cent of men said the same.

face masks canadaStatistics Canada shows the precautions that Canadians will take or will continue to take as COVID-19 safety measures are relaxed, by sex, June 2020

The number also varied greatly by age group.

Young Canadians (aged 15 to 24) were less likely to report that they would voluntarily put on a mask in public, with only 53 per cent saying that they would do so.

In comparison, 78 per cent of senior Canadians (aged 65+) say that they would wear a face mask in crowded public areas.

face masks canadaStatistics Canada shows  the precautions that Canadians will take or will continue to take as COVID-19 safety measures are relaxed, by age group, June 2020

The survey also showed some regional differences, with Ontario respondents being the most likely to don a face mask (78 per cent) and residents of the Prairies (54 per cent) and Quebec (52 per cent) being less likely to wear face masks.

Statistics Canada noted that the survey results could change in the future, since places like Toronto, Ottawa and the Durham Region are making it mandatory to wear masks in certain public spaces.

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