Category: News & Press

Majority of British Columbians (62%) believe a recession is imminent despite a similar number (64%) who feel confident in the stability of Canadian economy

BCers’ fears of a recession are casting a negative light on expectations both for the Canadian economy and personal household finances in the future Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are feeling both confident and shaky when it comes to the Canadian... Read more

A significant number of Canadians are considering a more plant-based, less animal-reliant diet, citing concerns over the environment and animal cruelty

While only 7% of Canadians currently follow a primarily plant-based diet, a significant number (27%) are considering doing so in the future Vancouver, BC — Heading into the last weeks of the summer, don’t be surprised if you see a... Read more

Latest “BC Government Report Card” shows approval ratings of Premier Horgan and voter intentions for the NDP hold strong at the two-year anniversary

Government receives good marks for the economy, healthcare, and education, but scores poorly on handling pipelines, gas prices, and the continuing opioid crisis. Sentiments over housing affordability in the province cool off as environment and climate change anxieties heat up. Vancouver,... Read more

Consumer usage of major social media platforms continues to grow, despite privacy concerns around targeted advertising and news feeds

Weekly usage of social media brands like Facebook (82%), Youtube (63%), and Instagram (39%) continues to grow 81% are worried about the news and information shown to them on social media, and 65% are worried about social media targeted advertising... Read more

More B.C. parents relying on others to drive their kids – New survey shows growing safety concerns

A new BCAA survey reveals misconceptions and misunderstandings over child passenger laws Burnaby, BC – A new survey for BCAA shows that busy B.C. parents are increasingly relying on others to get their kids where they need to go, raising concerns... Read more

Despite significant movement toward equality over the years, responsibility for household decision-making and chores across BC generally follows stereotypical gender roles

Only about half of BC residents in a relationship feel the division of household chores and decision-making is ‘very fair’ with 50% of women feeling that they do more around the house compared to 19% of men. Vancouver, BC –... Read more

Majority of British Columbians Do Not Support Public Funding for Private Schools

BCers also feel strongly that private school employees should be protected by BC Human Rights Code Vancouver, BC – The idea of public funding and subsidies for private schools in British Columbia is being met with disapproval from residents across... Read more

Canadians Alarmed Over the Influence of Social Media in Upcoming Elections

Seven-in-10 worried about social’s influence in voting decisions, with eight-in-10 saying it will directly impact who gets elected in this country. Vancouver, BC – With a federal election just five months away, Canadians are expressing concerns about the influence of... Read more

Online Information Privacy Concerns A Significant Number Of British Columbians

75% of British Columbians are worried about their online financial data, 60% are worried about cameras on their devices, and even 33% cover the cameras on their devices to protect themselves. Vancouver, BC – Our latest Insights West poll shows... Read more

Vancouver Public Library Is Viewed As One Of The Most Valuable Services Vancouver Offers, Yet Most People Don’t Know About Its Most Innovative Programs

Vancouver Public Library is one of the most highly regarded brands in Western Canada, out of Insights West’s 450+ “Brand Reputation Insights” normative database. Almost all (95%) Vancouver residents agree that the Vancouver Public Library is one of the... Read more

BC Residents Are Very Concerned About The Measles Outbreak, But A Sizeable Anti-Vax Segment Exists In BC

Nearly 8-in-10 (79%) of BC Residents are concerned about the measles outbreak, and only 42% are very confident that they are protected. Vancouver, BC – In our latest Insights West poll, the vast majority of BC residents are concerned about... Read more

Cannabis Consumption on the Rise With Canadians Since Legalization

Vancouver, BC – According to a new study called “The Future of Cannabis in Canada” conducted by Insights West for Resonance Consultancy in partnership with Valens GroWorks, there has been a Canadian-wide increase in Cannabis consumption since legalization and... Read more

Climate Change Tops Priority List, But Most Canadians Feel It’s Equally Human-Caused and Natural Cycles

53% of Canadians feel that climate change cannot simply be blamed on human activity alone, and there are still 10% of Canadians who believe that climate change is not happening at all. Vancouver, BC – Highlights from our latest comprehensive... Read more

Economic Confidence is High, but Dark Clouds are on the Horizon Despite Confidence in Personal Finances Being Higher Than Ever

Only 8% of British Columbians think the Canadian economy will improve next year. Vancouver, BC – In our latest economic confidence poll looking at the consumer’s outlook on the Canadian economy for 2019, 64% of BC residents describe the economic... Read more

Top 10 Insights From 2018

Last year, Insights West polled BC residents on a number of significant issues, culminating in over 30 public press releases on topics as diverse as housing affordability, political leaders, pipelines, flu shots, healthcare, cannabis legalization, rising gas prices, social... Read more

Close Call on Electoral Reform: Results Hinge on Last-Minute Voters who are More in Favour of Proportional Representation

Those who have cast their votes are evenly split between adopting PR or maintaining the status quo. Vancouver, BC – As British Columbia’s referendum on electoral reform nears completion, the latest Insights West poll finds that voters continue to be... Read more

Washington State Residents Excited for an NHL Team; Seattle and Vancouver Fans Looking Forward to Rivalry with the Canucks

An NHL rivalry between Seattle and Vancouver could bring major tourism benefits, as hockey fans from both sides of the border claim they’re likely to take a trip to watch a game in their rival city. Vancouver, BC – A... Read more

First holiday party season with legalized cannabis raises road safety concerns

A new BCAA survey reveals partygoers’ dangerous misconceptions and plans. Burnaby, BC – The first holiday season with legalized cannabis could be a dangerous one on BC roads according to a new BCAA survey released today, revealing people’s plans to... Read more

British Columbians Are Split on Electoral Reform Decision, But FPTP Leads Among Those Who Have Already Mailed in Their Ballot

Chinese Canadians favour using First Past The Post over Proportional Representation system for provincial elections. Vancouver, BC – As British Columbia’s referendum on electoral reform continues, a new Insights West poll conducted on behalf of the Canada Committee 100 Society... Read more

Most Western Canadians Planning to Get the Flu Shot This Season

Three-in-four residents believe getting vaccinated helps to protect the vulnerable and is the responsible thing to do. Vancouver, BC – In spite of misconceptions surrounding flu vaccinations, a new Insights West poll conducted on behalf of London Drugs has found... Read more