Category: Lifestyle Research

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

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

A Third of Canadian Social Media Users Have Encountered “Fake News”

Most time is spent on Facebook, but YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram are growing—particularly with young adults. Vancouver, BC – A surge in usage of Instagram and Snapchat across Canada, a worrying incidence of “fake news” and a high level of... Read more

Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs

Metro Vancouver Parents Reaping Benefits from Out-of-School Programs Parents say their kids are learning something new, becoming more sociable and improving their school performance. Vancouver, BC – Parents of children aged 6 to 12 report benefits from enrolling their kids in... Read more

British Columbians Support Ban on All Grizzly Bear Hunting

Nine-in-ten welcome the provincial government’s decision to ban trophy hunting of grizzlies in the province. Vancouver, BC – Three-in-four British Columbians believe no grizzly bears should be hunted in the province, a new poll by Insights West conducted in partnership... Read more

Half of British Columbians Skip Lunch at Least Once a Week

Residents aged 55 and over are more likely to watch television while having dinner than their younger counterparts. Vancouver, BC – A large proportion of British Columbians are skipping meals on weekdays because of work or other commitments, a new... Read more

Personal Connection Defines Charitable Giving in British Columbia

Three-in-ten residents have recently donated to health and health care-related organizations. Vancouver, BC – British Columbians are more likely to make a financial donation to charities that they have established a personal connection with, according to the Read more

More Parents in British Columbia Are Driving Aggressively in School Zones

BCAA asks parents to make a “new school year” resolution to improve driving habits Burnaby, BC – BCAA’s second annual School Zone Safety survey, conducted by Insights West, shows that driving in school zones has gone from... Read more

Crashes on the rise in B.C.; new ICBC campaign targets bad driving habits

According to a new survey completed by Insights West, most drivers say that driving in the province has gotten worse in the last five years – pointing at bad driving behaviours as one of the top contributors to B.C.’s... Read more

Drivers Putting Roadside Workers’ Lives at Risk in British Columbia

Law breaking, rubbernecking and speeding are some of the unsafe behaviours reported. Burnaby, BC – Summer is high season for vehicle breakdowns and a new survey— commissioned by BCAA and conducted by Insights West—shows that unsafe driver behaviours and ambivalence... Read more

Most Metro Vancouverites Welcome Pet Sale Prohibition

The by-law amendments proposed by Vancouver City Council are regarded as a “good idea” by three-in-four Metro Vancouver residents. Vancouver, BC – Most residents of Metro Vancouver think Vancouver City Council was right to put forward bylaw amendments to prohibit... Read more

Two-in-Five Canadians Tried to Lose Weight Over the Past Year

Organic food consumption is more prevalent in British Columbia, while Albertans are more likely to consume a product past its expiry or “Best Before” date. Vancouver, BC – There is a sizeable gender gap in Canada when it comes to... Read more

Banff, Vancouver and Victoria Are “Most Appealing” for Canadian Travellers

Calgary joins Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal as places Canadians will actually visit in the next six months. Vancouver, BC – As the country marks its 150th birthday, Canadians look at three destinations in the West as the most attractive places... Read more

Nurses, Doctors and Scientists Are Canada’s Most Respected Professionals

Only one-in-four Canadians have a positive opinion of politicians. Vancouver, BC – For the second year in a row, nurses are the most respected professionals in the country, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found. In the online survey of... Read more

Half of Albertans Do Not Tip At All After Bad Restaurant Service

For “average” service at a sit-down establishment, most residents would tip 10% to 14%. Calgary, AB – Half of Albertans say there are circumstances in which food servers should not be tipped at all, a new Insights West poll has... Read more

Long Waiting Times is Biggest Health Care Concern for British Columbians

Metro Vancouverites support ride-hailing services, and few parents of K-12 children have confidence in the provincial government to handle education. Vancouver, BC – Research conducted by Insights West for CTV Vancouver analyzed the views of British Columbians on the health... Read more

Canadians Employed Full-Time Struggling with Work-Life Balance

France’s proposal to allow employees to “disconnect” on evenings and weekends is supported by four-in-five Canadians who are working full-time. Vancouver, BC – A majority of Canadians who are working full time say they had to stay late at work... Read more

Four-in-five “Visible Minority” British Columbians Have Experienced Discrimination or Racism

A majority of residents think immigration levels should either increase or stay at the current levels. Vancouver, B.C. – Despite support for multiculturalism by the vast majority of British Columbians, a new report by Vancity credit union indicates 82 per... Read more