British Columbians’ Opinions on Natural Disasters and the Environment

December 2, 2021

From November 19 to 21, 2021, on behalf of Postmedia, Leger conducted an online survey among British Columbians to explore their opinions on natural disasters and the environment.


  • Most British Columbia residents are concerned that they will be affected by forest fires, heatwaves and floods. However, few residents feel they are actually prepared to deal with these natural disasters, especially forest fires and flooding.
  • 68% of British Columbians are prepared to stay safe in their home without power, water or assistance for 72 hours.
  • 74% of British Columbians agree there has been an increase in natural disasters in the past 5 years, and that climate change is responsible for the amount of natural disasters.
  • 41% of British Columbians feel they are very stressed about what is happening and will happen to the environment as a result of climate change (in comparison to 29% pre-flood).


  • 1,001 residents of British Columbia aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from November 19 to 21, 2021.
  • Using data from the 2016 Census, the 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 1,001 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.


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