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, is launching a major new study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area. Survey launches in January 2015.

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2015 Survey of Muslims in Canada

An upcoming update on the 2006 survey of the country's Muslim population

In 2006 the Environics Institute conducted the first-ever national survey of Muslims in Canada. Fast-forward to 2014, how are Muslims in Canada faring today? The Environics Institute, in partnership with the Tessellate Institute, the Olive Tree Foundation and the Inspirit Foundation, is planning a second national survey of Muslims in 2015 to update the original research and identify both important trends and emerging issues.

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Canadian Public Opinion on Governance and the Public Service

The Environics Institute and the Institute on Governance have partnered to conduct a landmark national public opinion survey on governance and the public service. Read more in the Ottawa Citizen December 27 - 30, 2014.

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Focus Canada 2014 Canadian Public Opinion and Climate Change

As part of its ongoing Focus Canada research, the Environics Institute partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation this fall to ask Canadians about climate change, and determine how opinions have changed or not over the past year. REPORT JUST RELEASED

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The Environics Institute

Promotes public opinion and social research

on important issues of public policy and social change. Social science-based evidence is key to helping organizations and citizens better understand Canada and our world as it is today, how it is changing, and where it is heading. Read More

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February 11, 2015

O Canada and the Maple Leaf

The following piece by Michael Adams appears in the 150 Canada series published by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Growing up in the 1950s, I was under the impression that God Save the Queen was our national anthem and the Canadian Red Ensign was our national flag, and that...

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February 07, 2015

Harper has not shifted Canadians' opinions

The following is an expanded version of commentary by Michael Adams was published in the February 7, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail, as a counterpoint to an accompanying story by Globe columnist John Ibbitson  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What has Stephen Harper done to Canada? To some, that’s a ru...

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January 26, 2015

The future of democracy in Canada

The following op-ed by Michael Adams and Maryantonett Flumian was published in the January 26, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It wasn’t long ago that Canadians voted in large numbers. Just a few decades ago it was normal to see turnout rates for federal elections in the mid-70s. In s...

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Research Digest

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Research Industry wrestles Margin of Error monkey

Almost any time you read about a public opinion poll you will see a sentence, usually at the end, stating a “margin of error” percentage, “plus or minus.” Those who know something about research will understand this to be a statistical measure of the ... Read More

When survey research goes to war

Public opinion surveys are used for many purposes, and some have much less profile than others. A good example is how survey research is now being used by governments and their militaries as a counter insurgency tool in conflict areas. This research flies largely under the m... Read More

What’s wrong with online survey research methods?

Perhaps the most significant trend in market and public opinion research in the past decade has been the emergence of online research methods as the dominant form of survey data collection. This trend has taken for three reasons: a) to leverage the expanding array of digital... Read More

Practical advice about survey research goes video

When organizations, students and newcomers to the survey research business look for “how to” guidance, the choices are largely limited to textbooks, consultants and on-the-job experience. Now there is a new resource in the form of short practical advice videos th... Read More

2013 Survey of American Jews -- Lessons for Canada

Last fall the widely-respected US-based Pew Research Center released the results of a comprehensive survey of American Jews, which generated considerable attention in Canada as well as in the USA. The survey addresses many themes, but chief among them is how Jewish identity... Read More

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