Category: British Columbia

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

Young British Columbians Face Onslaught of Financial Burdens in Light of Unaffordable Housing Market

Coast Capital Savings and Insights West partner to understand impact of current housing market on province’s youth Surrey, BC – In the online survey of a representative sample of 820 British Columbians, it is clear young people in the province... Read more

A Majority of British Columbians Oppose the Federal Government’s Decision to Buy the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, But Now Believe it is More Likely to Get Built

Support for the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is holding steady (51%) relative to our last wave in April. Vancouver, BC – Days before Kinder Morgan’s May 31st deadline—intended to create certainty for the company’s investment in... Read more

Majority of British Columbians Say Rising Gas Prices are Affecting Them Negatively, Many are Making Changes in Their Daily Lives as a Result

With the average price of gas in BC reaching record levels, a majority of British Columbians say rising prices are having a negative impact on them personally, and many have adjusted their driving and spending habits to compensate for... Read more

Angus Reid Forum Acquires Insights West’s Research Panel

Insights West is pleased to announce that Dr. Angus Reid and Steve Mossop have jointly formed a strategic venture and have created a new company called the Angus Reid Forum. As part of this partnership, Angus Reid Forum has acquired... Read more

Parents think more expensive, products and accessories make car travel with their children safer

  Burnaby, BC – A new BCAA survey shows that parents think they need to spend big dollars to keep their children safer in the car, concerned BCAA wants to see more learning and less spending from parents. The BCAA Child... Read more

Young British Columbians Committed to Giving Back to Their Community

A solid majority of young British Columbians (18-29 years old) place considerable importance on giving back to their community through volunteering and making charitable donations. Vancouver, BC – In celebration of the 5th anniversary of their Youth Get It™ Community... Read more

Support for Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion Increases Dramatically in British Columbia

The majority of residents are convinced the pipeline will eventually get built. Vancouver, BC – With Kinder Morgan’s decision to set May 31st as a deadline to create certainty for the company’s investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, and... Read more

Variety, Time and Money Are Crucial for Canadian E-commerce Enthusiasts

Most Canadians who shun e-commerce say they can’t tell the quality of a product during an online purchase. Vancouver, BC – Almost half of Canadians are purchasing products or services online on a monthly basis at the very least, claiming... Read more

Firefighters and Nurses Top List of Canada’s Respected Professionals

Poor opinion of politicians and car salespeople continues across the country. Vancouver, BC – Firefighters and nurses are the only professionals respected by more than nine-in-ten Canadians, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of a... Read more

British Columbians Welcome Budget Proposals on Real Estate

More than four-in-five residents think the new “speculation tax” and the expansion and increase of the foreign buyers tax are good ideas. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians reacted positively to the inclusion of specific policies to deal with housing in... Read more

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