British Columbians see the natural environment and climate as essential to the quality of life in British Columbia and support tough penalties, including jail time for polluters


REFBC, a philanthropic organization that helps advance sustainable land use in British Columbia, commissioned the survey to better understand the values, opinions and knowledge of residents of British Columbia on land use issues. land. By sharing the results of Sustainable Land Use: A Public Opinion Survey of British Columbians, REFBC hopes to help policymakers, governments, First Nations, nonprofits and others make decisions that align with public values.

“The results of the surveys help to quantify the needs and opinions of the population of British Columbia,” noted Jack wong, CEO of REFBC. “Climate change is of great concern to people across the province and we hope decision makers use this data to make choices that are in everyone’s best interest. “

Highlights of the survey include:

  • Quality of life. One in two British Columbians (54%) rate the quality of life in their region of British Columbia as “excellent” or “good”. Natural beauty and the environment (41%) and climate (22%) are most often cited as the main factors contributing to the quality of life in the province. The cost of living (18%), the cost of housing (11%) and the increase in population (11%) are most often cited as the main threats to quality of life.
  • Sanctions for polluters.81% of residents support severe penalties (including jail time) for businesses and people who pollute or degrade land and water.
  • A sustainable economy. When asked to identify the types of future economy that appealed to them the most, British Columbians are most likely to choose environmental themes like “sustainable economy” (53%), “the economy clean energy ”(34%) and“ green economy ”(25%). The least popular types of future economies are “service” (9%), “industrial” (9%) and “extractive” (3%) economies.
  • Local needs first. Almost half (48%) of British Columbians want local needs to take precedence over provincial interests.
  • Land protection. British Columbians name “habitat for birds, fish and animals” (66%), “local food security” (62%) and “large-scale wind, solar and geothermal energy” (61% ) as their three main lands use the priorities of the province.
  • First Nations as important partners. When it comes to ensuring that First Nations are included in land use planning decisions, 86% of respondents agree that “we are neighbors and friends and we must live together”.

“These results show that British Columbians value our lands and shared waters and want to see more local participation in land use decisions,” said Ramona faust, Chairman of the Board of Governors of REFBC. “In our grants, we saw how investments in watershed governance, community engagement and public awareness can contribute to more sustainable land use outcomes.

Overall, residents support investments in local decision-making, as 80% of respondents agree with “the establishment of local decision-making bodies to ensure that all local citizens have a meaningful contribution to decisions. land use ”.


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The British Columbia Real Estate Foundation (REFBC) is a philanthropic organization that helps advance sustainable land use in British Columbia. They provide grants to non-profit organizations that work to improve communities and natural environments in British Columbia through responsible land use, conservation and real estate practices. Their grants can support research, education and policy analysis. Since 1988, REFBC has approved more than $ 85 million in grants. Learn more at

McAllister Opinion Research uses cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative research techniques to help clients understand the ridings that matter. Since 2001 McAllister has worked with a wide range of clients in Canada and United States, including universities and colleges, government agencies, environmental organizations, and private companies. McAllister is a qualified member of ESOMAR, the international professional opinion research body.

About the survey

In the summer of 2018, McAllister Public Opinion Research conducted an online survey of 1,658 British Columbia residents. Participants were recruited from a panel designed to reproduce a representative sample of the population of British Columbia. The survey data was weighted according to Statistics Canada figures on province, region, age and sex. The margin of error is +/- 2.41%, 19 times out of 20.

SOURCE British Columbia Real Estate Foundation

For further information: Interviews: Stephanie Butler, Director of Communications, Real Estate Foundation of BC, [email protected] | direct: 604-343-2620 | toll free: 1-866-912-6800 x101; Jack Wong, CEO, Real Estate Foundation of BC, [email protected] | direct: 604-343-2624 | toll free: 1-866-912-6800 x104; Media contact: Larissa Dundon, [email protected] | 604-649-5506

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