A third of Canadian households have recently been affected by COVID-19 – Research Co.

People across the country are split on whether restrictions and mandates were lifted at the right time in their community.

Vancouver, BC [August 8, 2022] – A growing number of Canadians recognize that their household has been negatively affected by COVID-19 in recent weeks, according to a new Research Co poll.

In online survey of a representative national sample, 37% of Canadians say they, or someone else in their household, became infected with COVID-19 after restrictions and mandates were lifted in their community, up 14 points since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in May 2022.

Nationally, 46% of Canadians (+3) believe restrictions and mandates were dropped too soon in their community, while 44% (-5) believe the decision was made at the right time.

“More than half of Atlantic Canadians (55%) appear disappointed with the lack of COVID-19 restrictions and mandates,” says Mario Canseco, president of Research Co. “The proportions are lower in Alberta (48%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (47%), British Columbia (45%), Quebec (also 45%) and Ontario (43%).

Compared to May, there are few fluctuations when Canadians are asked about the possible return of specific regulations. Two-thirds (66%, -2) would be satisfied if they had to wear a mask or face covering to enter an indoor space. Slightly lower proportions of Canadians would feel the same if a reduction in the capacity of places (such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports arenas) were implemented (63%, -1) or if a proof of vaccination was again required to go to restaurants or public events (60%, -1).

Three in five Canadians (60%, +1) think it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets COVID-19, and a majority (54%, +2) say that, that people are vaccinated, the virus is a minor nuisance. Additionally, 63% of Canadians (+3) plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least once more in the next six months.

Just over two-thirds of Canadians (68%) say the worst of COVID-19 is definitely or probably “behind us,” down eight points since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in May 2022.

More than three in four Canadians (77%, -1) continue to see COVID-19 as a real threat, including 82% of those aged 55 and older.

Public satisfaction with the federal government’s pandemic performance has risen from 61% in May to 55% this month. The rating is highest in Quebec (60%) and Atlantic Canada (58%), followed by Ontario (53%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (52%), British Columbia (49% ) and Alberta (48%).

The satisfaction rating also fell this month for provincial administrations (53%, -10) and municipal administrations (59%, -6).

Of Canada’s four most populous provinces, satisfaction with the management of COVID-19 is highest in British Columbia (62%, =), followed by Quebec (58%, -9 ), Ontario (48%, -17) and Alberta (39%, -14).

Methodology: The results are based on an online survey conducted August 1-3, 2022 of 1,000 adults in Canada. The data was statistically weighted according to Canadian census counts for age, sex and region. The margin of error, which measures the variability of the sample, is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

Find our data tables here and download the press release here.

For more information about this survey, please contact:

Mario Canseco, President, Research Co.

778.929.0490 [e] [email protected]

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