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 »

Your Insights on Employee Satisfaction in Alberta

Over half (54%) of employees would leave their current job for the right opportunity, despite the fact that many give their employer decent ratings (average rating of 7.2 on a 10-point scale). Calgary, AB – A recent online poll of 522 working adults in Alberta (those who are employed full or part time, not self-employed)… 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 »

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Fifty-five per cent of employees in BC would seriously consider leaving their job if a better one came along, according to BC HRMA and Insights West. Vancouver, BC — More than half (55%) of all BC employees are susceptible to leaving their current jobs – and pay is not necessarily at the heart of the… Read more »

COVID-19 has devastating impact on BC small business owners

Small Business Owners Devastated by COVID 19 Crisis as 31% Aren’t Sure their Business will Survive the Pandemic, and 9% Believe they will Close Permanently 65% of small business owners are ‘very worried’ about the negative financial impact overall—and specifically revenue (66%), financing (41%), ability to pay salaries (43%) and difficulty paying their rent/lease (38%)… Read more »