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 »

Despite Negative Perceptions of the Canadian National Economy, the Majority of Canadians Have a Positive Outlook on Their Own Personal Finances

61% think Canadian economic conditions are poor or very poor, but 66% have good or very good personal finances, and 53% have not experienced any negative financial impacts due to the pandemic. Vancouver, BC —Despite perceptions of a very negative economic environment in Canada due to COVID-19, the majority of Canadians are feeling pretty good… Read more »

Many Canadians Planning to Bend COVID-19 Rules Around Spring Break And Feel Justified In Doing So Because of Pandemic Fatigue

BC Residents Less Likely To Be Following COVID-19 Restrictions than Other Provinces Vancouver, BC —With spring break only a few weeks away, a significant number of Canadians are planning at least some activities on spring break that run counter to the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines set by their province. When looking at underlying motivators for… Read more »

Most (85%) City of Vancouver Residents Believe Something Should be Done About the Strathcona Park Tent City; 84% Agree With Moving People When Social Housing Becomes Available Compared to 47% Who Agree with Police Clearing the Park

Homelessness is having a direct impact on the vast majority (88%) of city of Vancouver residents. Vancouver, BC —As the tent city in the Strathcona Park continues to attract media attention, a new research study conducted by Insights West has found that while homelessness is having a major impact on residents, and most are keen… Read more »

Mental Health in British Columbia Continues to Suffer Due to the Pandemic; Many BC Adults (43%) Rate Their Mental Health as ‘Fair’ ‘Poor’ or ‘Very Poor’

A significant number of BC residents are experiencing more worry (62%), stress (60%), anxiety (59%), and boredom (59%), compared to pre-pandemic levels, and those experiencing more loneliness has increased 10 percentage points since September (up to 53%) Vancouver, BC —A research study on mental health commissioned by Pacific Blue Cross and conducted by Insights West… Read more »

Most BC Residents (57%) Give Provincial Government Low Scores for Rollout of Vaccination Plan To Date; Significant Number (38%) Not Impressed With Priority List

Most (80%) will get the vaccine as soon as it’s available; many (69%) believe those with pre-existing conditions should be on the list of those with higher priority for the vaccine, and about half feel RCMP, firefighters, teachers, other healthcare workers and essential service workers should be prioritized before others currently on the list. Vancouver,… Read more »

The Majority of BC Residents (66%) are Coping Well With the Pandemic And The Most Positive Outcomes of COVID-19 Are Appreciation for Friends and Family, Gratitude, and a Focus On What Is Most Important in Life

The things we miss most from our pre-pandemic life is seeing family and friends, eating at restaurants, and travel. Vancouver, BC —As 2020 draws to a close and most of us reflect on the difficulties many have experienced since the pandemic began, our final poll of the year shows that most British Columbians have handled… Read more »

Holiday Shopping Plans Hampered By 2nd Wave of the Pandemic: 42% of BC Shoppers Plan to Spend Less This Year, But Shoppers are Consciously Deciding to Help Local Businesses More Than Ever Before

61% plan to do more online shopping this year, and about one third plan to spend more with Canadian, BC and neighbourhood businesses Vancouver, BC —As the 2nd wave of the pandemic strengthens, early indications are that holiday spending will be dramatically altered this season, as a significant number of BC residents believe they will… Read more »

Over Two Months Into the School Year, Parents Provide Top Scores To the School System But Remain Divided On Preferences for In-Person vs. Remote Learning

Currently the province receives good job scores between 62% and 69% for communication, cleaning protocols, mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines in schools. Only 45% of parents prefer having their children in the classroom full-time, 32% would rather a mix of online and in-person, and 19% want remote online learning only. Vancouver, BC —A little more… Read more »

BC Residents Strongly Supportive of Existing and Further Restrictions in the Province to Combat the Spread of COVID-19, but Divided On Government Financial Support for Certain Industries

87% support the ‘household plus safe six’ plan, and 85% are in favour of making mask-wearing indoors mandatory throughout the province. Fewer (61%) support a return to Phase 1-style lockdown if things get worse. Small retailers should be at the top of the list for further financial support from our provincial government (53% believe more… Read more »