B.C. Forest Fires and Floods Impact Report

April 6, 2022

On behalf of Global Public Affairs, Leger surveyed British Columbians from March 4 to March 6, 2022, to explore their perspectives on and experiences with forest fires and floods in British Columbia.

The survey explores the following with respect to:

  • whether British Columbians followed the news about the 2021 forest fires and flooding in their province
  • whether they were personally impacted, and if so, how
  • their concern about future natural disasters like these
  • how well they think the various levels of government responded to these crises
  • and more

SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS OF OUR SURVEY ON FOREST FIRES AND FLOODS IN B.C. INCLUDE…

  • 39% of British Columbians were personally impacted by either a forest fire (27%) or flood (29%) in 2021.
  • Approximately three-quarters of British Columbians, were following the 2021 events closely.
  • 60% of British Columbians are concerned about forest fires and 50% are concerned about flooding this season.
  • Those living in regions of BC that are more likely to have been impacted by forest fires or floods in the past (Interior and Northern BC) feel more prepared for future instances of these events than those living in Metro Vancouver.
  • B.C. residents are divided on whether various levels of government are prepared for the upcoming season.
  • and more.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

  • 1,000 residents of British Columbia aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from March 4 to 6, 2022.
  • Using data from the 2016 Census, results were weighted according to, age, gender, and region in order to ensure a representative sample of the population in British Columbia.
  • No margin of error can be associated with a non-probability sample.  However, for comparative purposes, a probability sample of 1,000 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

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