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As a follow-up to its 2008 Canada’s World Survey, the Environics Institute has partnered with SFU Public Square at Simon Fraser University, the Canadian International Council and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History to release the 2018 Canada’s World Survey. This follow-up survey was created to determine how Canadian public attitudes, priorities and actions have evolved over time, as well as address emerging issues.

 

Some key stories that emerged from the survey findings include:

  •  Canadians’ views on global issues and Canada’s role in the world have remained notably stable over the past decade.
  • This consistency notwithstanding, Canadians have been sensitive to the ebb and flow of international events and global trends.
  • Canadians increasingly define their country’s place in the world as one that welcomes people from elsewhere.
  • Young Canadians’ views and perspectives on many aspects of world affairs have converged with those of older cohorts, but their opinions on Canada’s role on the world stage have become more distinct when it comes to promoting diversity.
  • Foreign-born Canadians have grown more engaged and connected to world affairs than native-born Canadians, and are more likely to see Canada playing an influential role on the global stage.

Study Methodology

The research consisted of a national public opinion survey, conducted by telephone with a representative sample of 1,501 Canadians (18 years and older) between October 23 and November 26, 2017. The results from a survey of this size drawn from the population would be expected to provide results accurate to within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points in 95 out of 100 samples (the margin of sampling error will be larger for specific subgroups of the population).

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