We asked people to choose from a list of 14 issues or concerns they have about living in their communities.
We experience housing pressures most in our large urban areas, particularly Metro Vancouver. Housing concerns are experienced regardless of income. Concerns are strongest if we are 34 or younger, newer residents in the community, non-homeowners, or of Asian descent.
We chose housing as our greatest concern in Vancouver (37%), Richmond (30%), New Westminster / Burnaby (29%), North Shore / Sea to Sky (24%), and Southern Vancouver Island (21%).
We identify home ownership as an even greater priority if we live in Fraser North (71%), while rental housing affordability is of greatest concern in Thompson/Cariboo/Shuswap (89%).
Safety is our second greatest concern across BC overall, and our top concern if we live in the Fraser regions. We feel safety is an issue regardless of our age and gender, however non-homeowners and those from Asian countries express higher levels of concern. Our top three priorities for improving community safety are consistent across the province.
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Employment and the economic environment is our third greatest concern in BC overall, but of greatest concern outside Metro Vancouver, particularly if we are 55 or younger. It is the number one reason we move to a new community.
We experience the greatest concerns about employment opportunities and the economy if we live in Kootenay East (41%) and Kootenay Boundary (36%). Finding employment (19%) is the top reason we move to a new area.
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Housing issues are of highest concern if we are 34 or younger, new residents, non-homeowners, or of Asian origin.
Safety is considered an issue regardless of our age or gender, but is of greater concern if we are non-homeowners or of Asian origin.
Of greatest concern if we are 54 or younger.
Of greatest concern if we are male, senior, or a student.
Of greatest concern if we are 55+, particularly 65+.
Of greatest concern if we are under 55 or from a lower income household.
Of greatest concern if we are 55+, particularly if we are 75+, or from a lower income household.
Of most concern if we are 35-54 years of age and have children, regardless of income.