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Cost of living emerges as most common issue in all but two provinces, survey shows



A recent survey conducted by the Angus Reid Institute sheds light on the pressing concerns of Canadians across different provinces. The findings reveal that the cost of living has emerged as the primary issue for residents in almost all provinces, with only Quebec and New Brunswick showing a greater concern for healthcare.


The report indicates a consistent trend where Canadians express worries about the increasing cost of living alongside the state of healthcare. These concerns resonate strongly across the nation, transcending regional boundaries.


Housing also stands out as a significant concern, ranking third in most provinces, except for Saskatchewan, where education takes precedence as the third most pressing issue.


The survey, however, paints a grim picture of satisfaction levels with provincial governments' handling of these issues. Nova Scotia stands out as an exception, showing improvement in its performance index compared to 2019. Conversely, Saskatchewan and British Columbia witness significant declines in satisfaction levels, indicating perceived lack of progress or even regression in addressing persistent issues like healthcare.


The report highlights specific challenges faced by different governments. Established administrations in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec face heightened criticism over their handling of critical matters such as housing affordability and education. On the other hand, Manitoba's new government grapples with lingering concerns regarding public safety.


Despite experiencing a notable 23-point drop, Saskatchewan still maintains the highest score of 42, which would have ranked it sixth five years ago. In contrast, New Brunswick receives the lowest score at 22, signifying substantial dissatisfaction among its residents.


The survey's methodology involved an online survey conducted from February 28 to March 6, 2024, among a representative sample of 4,550 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. Discrepancies in totals are attributed to rounding. The survey was self-commissioned and funded by the Angus Reid Institute.


Overall, the survey underscores the pressing need for provincial governments to address the rising cost of living and healthcare concerns, which weigh heavily on the minds of Canadians across the country. It also serves as a call to action for policymakers to heed the public's discontent and work towards tangible solutions to improve the quality of life for all residents.


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