Survey: Neighbourhood Speeding & Bad Driving During Pandemic Puts Playing Kids at Risk

BCAA offers free “Slow Down Kids Playing” signs to encourage careful driving as kids play away from playgrounds Burnaby, BC —With many schools, parks and playgrounds closed or restricted over the last while due to COVID-19, a new BCAA survey reveals increased traffic and poor driving behaviours are putting kids playing outside at risk. The… Read more »

A Significant Number of Workers Do Not Feel Safe Going Back to Work and Would Prefer to Continue to Work from Home

Only 20% feel very comfortable going back into the workplace, and if given a choice, only 31% would choose to go back to work now or in September; 19% would prefer to work from home ‘forever’. Biggest concern is catching COVID-19 from a co-worker or customer (78%). Vancouver, BC —As British Columbia completes Phase 2… Read more »

Support for Federal and Provincial COVID-19 Relief Programs is Extremely High, But There is Some Opposition to Contact Tracing Software

Support for government programs such as CERB (87% support), Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (87%), BC temporary rent supplement (85%), and the Canadian Commercial Rent Assistance (81%) are among the highest levels Insights West has ever recorded for any public initiative. BC residents are divided on the idea of contract tracing apps (44% support, 48% oppose)…. Read more »

BC Residents are Opposed to COVID-19 Surcharges But Expect Higher Prices as the Economy Opens Up

Most residents are opposed to surcharges overall (62% opposed) but are expecting higher inflation (75% think things will cost more overall) as the economy opens up. Vancouver, BC —As BC business struggle financially under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic aftermath, most BC residents are opposed to the concept of special COVID-19 surcharges… Read more »

British Columbians Feel Financial Impact of COVID-19

Over two thirds (69%) of British Columbians have had their RRSPS/savings negatively impacted, and a large minority have seen a negative impact on their ability to pay household expenses (31%), put food on the table (21%), property values (34%), and their ability to pay their rent (41%) or mortgage (29%). Vancouver, BC —After two months… Read more »

British Columbians React to BC Government’s Plans to Relax COVID-19 Restrictions

BC Residents Show Strong Support for Premier Horgan’s Plan to Gradually Re-Open the Province (79%), but a Significant Number (41%) Think the Re-Opening is Too Fast The public is very supportive of resuming elective surgeries (91% timing is acceptable or should have been sooner), opening of provincial parks (78%), and are divided on re-opening of… Read more »

BC Residents Score Themselves Favourably on Social Distancing, But Daily Habits Changed Significantly

BC Residents Score Themselves Highly (89% rate themselves an 8,9 or 10/10) on Social Distancing, but are Critical of British Columbians as a Whole (35%), and are Especially Critical of Younger Residents (13%) Social distancing has had a dramatic effect on individual behaviour, as 58% of us are spending less money than usual, and we… Read more »