Category: British Columbia

Holiday shopping transformed by the number of online shoppers as nearly half will do most of their shopping online

A third of shoppers are doing more online shopping this year than last, but most are waiting till the last minute as only 11% of shoppers say they are 100% finished. Vancouver, BC – ‘Twas the weeks before Christmas, and... Read more

Premier Horgan and the NDP ending the year on high note in the “Government of British Columbia Report Card,” but BC Liberals and Conservatives making incremental gains

Housing affordability continues to be the top concern in the province, though the summer concerns about the environment have been eclipsed by health care Vancouver, BC — As 2019 winds down, the BC NDP appears to be maintaining strong levels of... Read more

Vast majority (88%) of BC residents concerned about the environmental impact of single-use plastics, 81% support the Federal Government’s proposed ban

But not enough BCers are doing their part to reduce single-use plastic consumption Vancouver, BC — Single-use plastics do not sit well with BCers. A large majority of people across the province are concerned about the environmental impact of throw-away, single-use... Read more

BCAA Winter Driving Survey shows British Columbian drivers nervous about winter driving, but not preparing vehicles for bad road conditions

Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s Winter Driving Survey released today shows that while a large percentage of British Columbians are nervous about driving in ice and snow, many are still not taking steps to prepare their vehicles for winter. The BCAA survey,... Read more

Insights West Accurately Calls 2019 Federal Election Results in BC

Canadians from coast to coast went to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019. In British Columbia, 42 seats were up for grabs. Results from the 2019 Federal Election were pretty electric, especially given the dynamics and events leading up... Read more

Conservatives hold the lead in BC as the NDP pushes ahead of Liberals in the final days of 2019 Federal election campaign

Strategic voting firmly in play: Most voters are not voting on a love or loyalty toward a particular party or leader as 26% say it’s a “best of the worst” scenario, 22% to keep another party from winning. Vancouver, BC... Read more

Charitable giving in BC takes a dip as charitable organizations seek ways to connect with and influence donors

Health-related charities get the most support (23%) among causes is BC while online crowd funding makes a mark with younger donors. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians have become somewhat less generous over the past two years when it comes to... Read more

B.C. Parents get C- for safe driving in school zones during first week back to class

Annual BCAA School Zone Safety Survey shows unsafe driving, including speeding and unsafe drop offs/pick ups continues to put kids in danger. Burnaby, BC – B.C. parents get a C- for their driving behaviours in school zones according to this... Read more

Just over half (52%) of BC voters view Justin Trudeau’s face painting past as a “serious” issue ahead of 2019 Federal vote 

Federal Liberal support is holding, but Trudeau’s face painting issue appears to be having a minimal impact on voter intentions. Vancouver, BC – Canadians are going to the polls on Monday, October 21, 2019 for the 43rd federal election and... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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