Calgarians more satisfied with quality of life than other big city dwellers
Andy Johnson, CTVNews.ca
Published Friday, July 13, 2012 10:23AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 13, 2012 10:46PM EDT
Residents of Canada's four largest cities have one thing in common: the majority are happy with their quality of life.
But that's pretty much where the similarities end, according to a new survey by Angus Reid Public Opinion.
The survey found that roughly three in five residents of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal feel content with their quality of life -- though Calgary residents were the most satisfied.
In total, 75 per cent of Montreal residents said they were satisfied, compared to 80 per cent in Toronto, 82 per cent in Vancouver and 87 per cent in Calgary.
"There is also an evident sense of belonging from residents, which is particularly strong in Toronto, where 87 per cent of respondents say the word 'Torontonian' best describes who they are," the survey said.
Mario Canseco, vice-president of communications at Angus Reid, said Calgary came out as the clear leader in the survey, which asked residents only to describe their own cities.
"We wanted to get a look at quality of life, this is important of course and it was fairly high in the four cities but we also wanted to see how they would describe their city," Canseco told CTV News Channel. "Is it a city that is affordable? is it world-class? Is it a city that is a financial centre? And what we see is Calgarly leading most of these categories."
When asked about their city's problems, respondents began to zero-in around certain issues depending on the city in which they live.
In Vancouver, 33 per cent of those surveyed said affordable housing was their main point of concern.
In Toronto, 32 per cent mentioned traffic or transit as their main issue with their city.
Montrealers and Calgarians were similarly inclined, with 25 and 23 per cent respectively saying they were worried about health care and hospitals.
When asked about the second biggest problem their cities face, 21 per cent of Calgarians mentioned traffic, while 14 per cent of Vancouverites mentioned homelessness and poverty, and 13 per cent of Torontonians mentioned unemployment and crime. In Montreal, traffic and transit was the second biggest combined problem for 15 per cent of those surveyed.
When asked whether their city government is doing a good or very good job managing the city, those surveyed responded as follows:
- Calgary: 62 per cent
- Vancouver: 42 per cent
- Toronto: 28 per cent
- Montreal: 21 per cent
In addition, two out of every five Montrealers said their municipal government is going a "very bad job" at the moment.
However, 73 per cent of Montrealers felt their city was doing well at fostering artistic or cultural activities -- the highest percentage of any of the four cities.
In Calgary, 65 per cent of those surveyed thought their city was doing well at protecting the environment, followed by 63 per cent in Vancouver who said the same thing.
In Toronto, 75 per cent said their city was doing well when it came to providing good sanitation services.