Yesterday morning the Canada West Foundation released a survey on urban attitudes towards the environment and found that Regina and Saskatoon residents are most satisfied with environmental protection; Greater Toronto residents the least. Other key results include:
- Air quality is a high priority issue in Toronto and Vancouver, but less of an issue in the smaller prairie cities.
- Protecting the city’s environment is a high priority in all cities, particularly Toronto and Vancouver.
- Calgarians and Vancouverites are the most frequent users of urban green space.
- Over 9 in 10 urbanites state city parks and green spaces are “essential to quality of life.”
- The majority in all cities — and two-thirds in Toronto — state maintaining urban green spaces is a high priority.
- Calgarians see urban sprawl as a problem; sprawl is also a concern for the majority of Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg residents.
- The majority in all seven cities feels that protecting farmland and natural areas adjacent to cities from development is a good idea.
An embargoed copy of the report can be found here.
A total of 3500 Canadians were polled for the survey all from urban areas, 500 from seven different urban regions — Greater Vancouver Region, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Greater Toronto Area. The Canadian West Foundation will be releasing 8 more surveys in the next year, topics include urban policy priorities; urban growth and diversity; and transportation.