With less than a week to go until British Columbia’s civic elections, most Metro Vancouver residents are undecided who will get their vote – but they certainly know what their priorities are.
Insights West says that housing affordability is the key issue, as it was in the municipal elections earlier in the year. Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents said it was their priority, followed by rental availability (15%), traffic congestion (11%), crime and public safety (8%), homelessness (6%), taxes (also 6%) and public transit (5%).
Housing affordability is of greatest concern in Burnaby and Vancouver with rental availability also ranking highly in these cities.
Outside these two areas – and Surrey where crime and public safety is a high priority - Metro Vancouver residents cite traffic congestion (16%) as a significant concern in their communities and will likely be looking at how candidates propose to tackle this issue when making their selections.