Heat Dome Impact and Preparedness in British Columbia

June 28, 2022

On behalf of Vancouver Sun, Leger surveyed British Columbians from June 17 to June 19, 2022, to explore their perspectives on the heat dome and their preparedness.

SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS OF OUR SURVEY ON HEAT DOME IN BRITISH COLUMBIA INCLUDE… 

  • Last year, British Columbians were negatively impacted by the heat dome. 65% of BC residents experienced negative effects from last year’s heat dome and 75% of BC residents reported suffering at least one heat-related ailment.
  • Concern for another heat dome is high, especially for those with lower household income. 63% of BC residents are concerned that a heat dome will occur in 2022. Younger BC residents (aged 18-34), those who have lower household income (under $40,000), and women are the most concerned.
  • 48% of British Columbians believe that emergency responders would respond without delay in a heat-related emergency. Personal preparedness for another heat dome plays a role with one-half of those who claim they are prepared for a heat dome having confidence in emergency response time, compared to only one-third of those who claim they are not prepared.

SURVEY METHODOLOGY 

  • 1,002 residents of British Columbia aged 18 or older were surveyed online using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from June 17 to June 19, 2022. 
  • Using data from the 2021 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 1,002 respondents would have a margin of error of ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

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