Survey results in: find out what Calgarians think about YYC issues

CALGARY ­— In our continuing efforts to make life better every day for our citizens, The City of Calgary regularly seeks the opinions of Calgarians about City issues, programs and services through research and engagement activities. As part of the YYC Matters, The City commissioned a survey to seek Calgarians’ opinions on key issues in this provincial election.

The survey was commissioned by The City and conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Results are online on the

The survey was conducted between March 29 and April 3, 2019 with 801 Calgarians 18 or older. Respondents are members of the Ipsos I-Say online panel, who have registered to participate in online surveys for Ipsos. Data was weighted to the 2016 Civic Census to reflect the age, gender and quadrant of residence of adult Calgarians.

Among the topics surveyed, almost six-in-ten (58%) Calgarians believe the Province should provide more funding for affordable housing for low income Calgarians and three-quarters (75%) believe The City should continue to coordinate the dispatch of EMS with Fire and Police services. The results also reveal agreement that the Province should provide funding and resources to support the city’s economic recovery. Other results of note:

  • Over eight-in-ten (83%) agree the Province should provide funding and resources to support addiction prevention and protection of public safety related to addiction.
  • An identical number of Calgarians, (83%) agree the Province should fund upstream flood infrastructure on the Bow River to protect Calgary’s downtown from future floods.
  • Almost eight-in-ten (79%) support the Green Line LRT program.
  • Almost nine-in-ten (86%) agree The City, local school boards and the Province should work together to better align school construction with new community development.

“These issues matter to Calgarians,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Ahead of the provincial election, I encourage all Calgarians to visit to see how the parties responded to questions about these critical issues for our community.”

Since the survey was conducted with an online panel, a margin of error cannot be calculated. However, results broadly reflect the opinions of the population of Calgary.

The City launched the website on March 11 to inform Calgarians about four key priorities: Honouring commitments to Calgarians; supporting Calgarians; promoting economic recovery; and closing Calgary’s infrastructure gap. The website posed issues-based questions to the parties and released all the answers online on April 5.