Category: News & Press

English-Speaking Canadians Divided Over New O Canada Lyrics

Strong disagreement with the new second line of the national anthem outranks strong agreement by a 2-to-1 margin. Vancouver, BC – The federal government’s decision to introduce gender-neutral English lyrics to the national anthem has divided Canadians who speak English,... Read more

Canadians May Dismiss Valentine’s Day, But Many Will Still Observe It

Politics and intimacy are among the most contentious issues for Canadian couples. Vancouver, BC – While four-in-five Canadians currently in a relationship dismiss Valentine’s Day as a “commercial enterprise”, three-in-four plan to celebrate the occasion tomorrow, a new Insights West... Read more

Working Canadians Want New Legislation to End the Gender Pay Gap

Three-in-four employed women think men and women who do the same job and have the same skill levels are not paid equally. Vancouver, BC – A significant majority of Canadians who currently work believe it is time to establish new... Read more

Hawaiians Dangerously Unprepared for a Catastrophic Event

Almost two thirds of residents lack a written plan, a meeting place and a designated shelter in the event of an actual emergency. Honolulu, HI – Less than a month after an alert sent shockwaves through the State of Hawaii,... Read more

Prospect of CFL Team in Atlantic Canada Excites Residents of Halifax

Half of the city’s residents are in favour of using public funds to build a multi-purpose stadium for the new franchise. Halifax, NS – Many residents of Halifax are looking forward to the Canadian Football League (CFL) establishing a team... Read more

Most Canadians Ready to Enjoy Olympic Hockey and Figure Skating

One-in-four residents think Team Canada will win more medals this year than in Sochi 2014. Vancouver, BC – Ice hockey and figure skating will be the two competitions that Canadians will be watching the most during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter... Read more

Anxiety Over Housing, Homelessness and Poverty Rises in British Columbia

Banning both the grizzly bear hunt and political donations from corporations and unions are the two most popular government decisions. Vancouver, BC – The level of concern about housing, homelessness and poverty in British Columbia has reached an extraordinarily high... Read more

Alberta’s Marijuana Framework Gets Positive Reviews from Residents

Support for legalizing cannabis increased in the province, but there is little appetite to make other drugs available. Calgary, AB – Many Albertans are satisfied with the marijuana-related policies recently introduced by the provincial government, a new Insights West poll... Read more

More Wine Drinkers in British Columbia Enjoying Local Varietals

Generation X leads the way in current consumption of BC wine, but Millennials are closing in. Vancouver, BC – Half of wine drinkers in British Columbia say their preferred wine is produced in the province, and two-in-five say they are... Read more

Few British Columbians know what their financial institution does with their money

  Vancouver, BC – The majority of British Columbians make socially conscious choices in their lives, but when it comes to their financial institution, most never research the type of businesses or organizations it funds, according to a new Vancity... Read more

Half of Working Women in Canada Have Endured Sexual Harassment

But fewer than three-in-ten chose to report these incidents to a superior or human resources department. Vancouver, BC – At a time of enhanced discussions about workplace etiquette and the #MeToo phenomenon, a sizeable proportion of working women in Canada... Read more

British Columbia Motorists Set to Repeat Last Year’s Winter Driving Mistakes

More than three-in-five drivers don’t feel they have to do anything different for winter driving this year. Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s latest annual Winter Driving Survey—conducted by Insights West—shows that, despite many motorists experiencing a winter driving incident last year,... Read more

United Conservative Party Ahead of Rivals in Alberta’s Political Scene

Over the past year, the provincial government has improved its standing on issues, particularly crime and public safety. Calgary, AB – The United Conservative Party (UCP) is currently the most popular option for voters in Alberta, the Insights West “Alberta... Read more

British Columbians Would Move Family Day to Third Monday in February

Seven-in-ten residents support the change, which would see BC observe the holiday on the same day as seven other Canadian provinces. Vancouver, BC – Most British Columbians are in favour of changing the date of the February statutory holiday, a... Read more

Community-Based Programs Enhance Seniors’ Lives in the Lower Mainland

Seniors aged 65 to 74 are more likely to be spending time on structured and informal activities than their younger and older counterparts. Vancouver, BC – Seniors who reside in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley and participate in or... Read more

Canadians Give Trudeau High Marks for Foreign Affairs and Environment

Dissatisfaction with the federal government is highest on electoral reform, dealing with drug abuse and pending pipeline projects. Vancouver, BC – Two years after the Liberal Party’s victory in the 2015 federal election, Canadians are divided on which issues the... Read more

British Columbians Demand Urgent Action to Clean Up Local Politics

Legislature has until November 30 to bring in much-needed reforms. Voters across British Columbia want to see corporate, union and out-of-province donations banned in municipal campaigns before next year’s election, a new survey by Insights West has found. “The appetite to... Read more

Across Canada, Alberta is “Dream Province” for Halloween Trick-or-Treaters

A majority of Canadians believe specific types of costumes are “inappropriate” for both kids and adults. Vancouver, BC – More than three-in-four Canadians will take part in activities to celebrate Halloween this year, with Albertans leading the country as the... Read more

British Columbians Would Legalize Marijuana, But Not Other Drugs

Two-in-five residents believe marijuana should be sold in stand-alone facilities, and not drugstores or liquor stores. Vancouver, BC – While a large proportion of British Columbians continues to voice support for the legalization of marijuana, very few are in favour... Read more