Category: News & Press

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

Vast Majority of Metro Vancouver Residents Undecided on Candidates but Most Agree it is Time for Change in Upcoming Municipal Elections

Two thirds of Metro Vancouverites are overwhelmed by the number of candidates and are having a difficult time finding meaningful information about them. Vancouver, BC – With less than a week remaining until British Columbia’s civic elections take place, the... Read more

British Columbians Throw Their Support Behind The New LNG Canada Project

This project receives stronger public support relative to other large-scale provincial energy projects. Vancouver, BC – A week after the Government of British Columbia announced final approval has been given for a $40-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and pipeline... Read more

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

BCAA and Preventable install “Pavement Patty” in busy Burnaby school zone to push for safer driving Burnaby, BC – A new survey that shows unsafe driving by parents in school zones across BC during back-to-school has BCAA and Preventable taking... Read more

British Columbians are Split on Whether Canada and BC are Ready for Recreational Marijuana Legalization

While residents are supportive of the tax revenues, decriminalization, new jobs and safety controls that marijuana legalization will bring, they are very concerned about addiction, impaired driving and unwanted second-hand smoke. Vancouver, BC – According to the latest Insights West... Read more

Smartphones Overtake Television in Weekly Hours Viewed and Play an Increasingly Important (and Addictive) Part in the Lives of British Columbians

21% admit to being addicted to their Smartphone, and overall weekly usage has increased 20% since 2014. Vancouver, BC – Two-thirds of British Columbians (66%) say their smartphone plays a very important part in their lives, a significantly higher majority... Read more

Metro Vancouver Residents Believe Region is in the Midst of a Major Housing Crisis

Foreign home buyers, population growth, shadow flipping and money laundering are seen as the primary causes. Vancouver, BC – Metro Vancouver residents overwhelmingly agree that the region is facing a housing crisis and largely blame foreign home buyers, local population... Read more

Premier Horgan’s Approval Rating Dips While Housing Affordability Continues to Weigh on British Columbians

BC government gets the best marks on environment, education and healthcare, but failing grades on poverty, housing affordability and homelessness. Vancouver, BC – Six months after our last “BC Government Report Card” and just over a year after the BC... Read more