While the majority of Canadians are likely to send their kids to school once in-class instruction resumes in September, British Columbians are more hesitant than most.
An online survey conducted by Canada’s largest polling and marketing research firm, Leger, found that just 40 per cent of B.C. parents and guardians are planning on sending their children back to classrooms this fall.
However, 48 per cent said they have not yet made up their minds about what to do with their K-12 aged kids, and just 12 per cent said they will keep them at home.
Meanwhile on a national scale, 59 per cent of Canadians say they will send their kids to school, 18 per cent will keep them at home, while 23 per cent have not yet decided.
For the most part, survey respondents agree with some proposed measures in schools, like temperature checks and mandatory masks for teachers and students.
Of note, respondents in the 18-34 years age bracket are more likely to agree with these measures than those aged 35-54.
About half of British Columbians are more worried about personally contracting COVID-19 given the knowledge that most schools are planning a full reopening next month, while most of the other half say this fact does not change their feelings.
Meanwhile, 64 per cent of B.C. residents believe that a COVID-19 vaccine, when available, should be made mandatory for all, whereas 57 per cent of all Canadians hold the same view.
The survey results indicate that most B.C. residents—and most Canadians overall—do not believe that we have reached the end of the first wave of this pandemic.
The vast majority (81 per cent Canadians, 86 per cent British Columbians) also think there will be a second wave of the virus to combat in the future.
However compared to their counterparts in Ontario, Quebec, and elsewhere in Canada, not all B.C. residents are wearing a face covering when in enclosed spaces.
Nevertheless as a province, 67 per cent of British Columbians reported being personally afraid of contracting the virus.
Over 1,500 Canadians were polled and their answers are represented in the results of this survey.