Matchmakers, Profile Photos and Philosophy: How the Pandemic Affected Dating in Vancouver

After nearly two years of pandemic restrictions that have kept people apart and made it difficult to form relationships, many are re-entering the dating scene.

In some cases, loneliness encouraged people to make finding a mate a priority; in others it is only part of the return to normal life.

“The first connection is a whole thing where you first have to judge someone on their potential to form a bond or connection,” says author and philosophy professor Carrie Jenkins.

“Ultimately, we make these decisions very quickly.”

But has dating changed since spring 2020? Can it go back to the way it was pre-COVID? And what makes it so difficult to make connections in a city like Vancouver?

CBC’s Jeremy Ratt Explores the Vancouver Dating Scene on His Radio Series Summer Crush.

Many people will be dating again this summer now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted. (Rawpixel/Shutterstock)

How has dating changed?

The COVID-19 restrictions of the past two years made it nearly impossible to meet potential partners, and some people felt comfortable being alone. So, how do people get back into meeting new people?

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How has dating in Vancouver changed over the past two years? That’s the first question we’ll hear about in the first installment of our new series ‘Summertime Crush’.

At the coast4:59Summertime Crush: Talking to Vancouverites About the Dating Scene

As part of Summertime Crush – our new series about dating in Vancouver – Jeremy Ratt took to the streets of Vancouver to ask residents how things are with love right now.

Making meaningful connections

Carrie Jenkins, professor of philosophy and author of Sad Love: Romance and the Search for Meaning, explains how to make new, meaningful connections and how to make old connections feel new and exciting again.

At the coast11:21Summertime Crush: Making Meaningful Connections

What does it mean to make a meaningful connection? Our latest entry in our “Summertime Crush” series takes us into the world of relationships and connecting with new people. With us is UBC philosophy professor and author Carrie Jenkins.


It’s not uncommon to hear from Vancouver singles that the dating scene is tough. A panel of matchmakers discuss the challenges of urban dating and how they help clients find ‘the one’.

At the coast8:21Summertime Crush: Brightening Up Your Dating Profile Photos

In the latest entry of our Summertime Crush dating series, CBC story producer Jeremy Ratt takes us to Granville Island to chat with photographer Justin Veenema – founder of Photos For Tinder, which aims to help professional clients get the best photos for their dating profiles.

Profile pictures for online dating

Profile pictures are the first thing people see on dating apps and in some cases they can make or break a potential connection. Photographer Justin Veenema takes photos especially for dating apps.

At the coast13:07Summertime Crush: Matchmaker Panel

The latest entry in our dating series “Summertime Crush” takes us on a panel with Vancouver matchmakers Jane Carstens and Susan Semeniw.

Online dating is the most popular way to meet people, and having a good profile picture can make or break it when it comes to potential partners. (Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

Date did what?

Vancouver writer Jill Sinclair says people aren’t “emotionally available,” and they are because they’re afraid of getting hurt.

Sinclair described her wild dating experience after the Vancouver divorce in her 2016 book Date did what?

At the coast9:33Summertime Crush: Author Jill Sinclair on Dating Boundaries

What happens when you go on 40+ dates with the quote and quote “Johns” from Vancouver? Of course you write a book about it. We talk to a published author and speaker about her dating story in our next installment of our “Summertime Crush” series.

At the coast4:27Summertime Crush: Jill Sinclair’s Dating Story

In the next half hour of the show, Jeremy Ratt brings us an interview with author and TedX speaker Jill Sinclair. Jill wrote the book “Date Did What?” detailing some of her own interesting and funny dating experiences in Vancouver. Here is one of her stories.

Dating can be a rollercoaster, especially after a pandemic. (Allison Cake/CBC)

Listeners come in

On The Coast listeners share their dating stories.

At the coast4:06Summertime Crush: Dating Stories From You

We asked for your dating stories as part of our new Summertime Crush series, and you certainly delivered. Listen to some of the stories we’ve received so far.

At the coast2:26Summertime Crush: I hear more dating stories from you!

We’ve asked for your dating stories as part of our new Summertime Crush series, and you weren’t disappointed. Yesterday we only aired a few stories and now we have a few more stories and reactions to share with you.

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