Canadian public opinion on Aboriginal Peoples

A national survey of non-Aboriginal Canadians

The Environics Institute for Survey Research has just released a major new survey of non-Aboriginal Canadians on what they know and think about Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The research was conducted in partnership with seven leading Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations.

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2016 Survey of Muslims in Canada


In 2006 the Environics Institute conducted the first-ever national survey of Muslims in Canada. Fast-forward ten years, how are Muslims in Canada faring today? The Environics Institute, in partnership with five leading Muslim and non-Muslim organizations, recently conducted a second national survey of Muslims in 2016 to update the original research and identify both important trends and emerging issues.

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Black Experience in the GTA

What does it mean to be a Black person today in Canada’s largest city?

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, United Way Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, has conducted a major study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area. Stay tuned for a public release of the study findings and conclusions in Septermber 2016.

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June 28, 2016

Environics Institute celebrates 10th anniversary with public event featuring noted political scientist Robert Putnam

One June 6, 2016, the Environics Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special public event co-hosted with the University of Toronto’s Centre for the Study of the United States and the Munk School of Global Affairs The event, before a capacity crowd of close to 500 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, featured Dr. Robert Putnam, Harvard ...

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June 08, 2016

The door to reconciliation is truly open

The following commentary by Michael Adams was published in the June 8, 2016 edition of The Globe and Mail >>>>>>>>>> Indigenous issues in Canada have been prominent in the news over the past few years. The Idle No More movement, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and the Trudeau government’s initiation...

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April 28, 2016

Why Musliims are proud Canadians

The following commentary by Michael Adams and Kathy Bullock was published in the April 27, 2016 edition of The Globe and Mail >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> On any given day, Canadians might wake up to a range of news related to Muslims in Canada. It might be a report about Muslims and non-Muslims w...

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Research Digest

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How well do web surveys represent the public?

Arguably the most significant development in survey research over the past decade has been the rapid emergence of web-based online research methods. This trend has been driven primarily by the spread of online access and activity across the population; today roughly nine in ... Read More

Katrina 10 years later – How is New Orleans doing?

Ten years ago this month Hurricane Katrina came ashore at New Orleans and devastated parts of the city, with aftereffects taking an even greater toll on the community in terms of dislocation, government mismanagement, racism and post-traumatic stress. Reconstruction of the i... Read More

Survey research establishes a beachhead in Cuba

Survey research has spread to virtually every corner of the populated world in recent years, extending even into conflict-ridden countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. The list of countries where such research is not possible is very small and recently shrunk by one with the e... Read More

NYT on election polling – does it have a future?

Political polls have been part of the fabric of elections in democracies since the 1970s and for most of this period the biggest ongoing controversy has been whether polling results influence voters, and if so whether this is a good thing or not. Today, political polls face... Read More

Polling methods are under the gun, but remain essential to democracy

It is by painfully clear that public opinion surveys and polls of general populations are getting more difficult to do effectively, even as new technologies have arrived to make them cheaper and easier to do (e.g., SurveyMonkey). Recent election polling in the UK, Poland and... Read More

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