As the nation remains in a third wave of COVID-19 transmission, feelings of safety for travel and level of welcome towards visitors is increasing in some areas of the country, and decreasing in others.  For Atlantic Canada, feeling safe to travel has not changed significantly, but welcome towards visitors has decreased from the previous period on April 20th, 2021.  This reporting period, which was fielded from Friday to Sunday preceding May 4th, coincides with increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region including the recent spike in cases in Nova Scotia.

I Feel Safe to Travel

Compared to the April 20th survey results, Atlantic Canadians’ feelings of safety toward travel have remained relatively stable.

  • 80% somewhat/strongly agree that they feel safe travelling to communities near them.

o   This is the highest mark in the country, but is down from a high of 91% on April 6th, 2021.

o   Québec is reporting the lowest level on this metric at 67% for the current period.

  • 65% somewhat/strongly agree that they feel safe travelling to communities within their province.

o   This is also the highest mark in the country, however this is down from a high of 78% in late March.

o   Ontario is reporting the lowest level on this metric at 54% for the current period.

  • 21% somewhat/strongly agree that they feel safe travelling to other provinces or territories in Canada.

o   This is the lowest mark in the country and down from 32% on March 23rd.

o   Alberta reported the highest mark for this metric at 41%.

Compared to the rest of the country, Atlantic Canadian residents are the least likely to feel safe traveling internationally:

  • 13% somewhat/strongly agree that they feel safe travelling to the United States

o   This is the lowest mark in the country but up from 5% on March 8th.

o   Alberta reported the highest mark for this metric at 24%.

  • 16% somewhat/strongly agree that they feel safe travelling internationally, the highest reported to date for Atlantic Canadians.

o   Alberta reported the highest mark for this metric at 21% for the current period.

Level of Welcome Towards Visitors

For some provinces in Canada, level of welcome towards visitors has had a significant increase (BC, ON), and for others it has had a significant decrease (AB). Atlantic Canadians level of welcome towards visitors from within their province has decreased for for the current period compared to the previous.

  • 66% of Atlantic Canadians somewhat/strongly agree with welcoming visitors from communities near them.

o   This is a highest point in the country, however other Provinces are starting to come in line with Atlantic Canadians.

o   This represents a sharp drop from 80% in the previous period on April 20th.

  • 55% of Atlantic Canadians somewhat/strongly agree with welcoming visitors from other parts of their province.

o   This is also the highest rate in the country, however it has decreased strongly from 74% reported in the previous period on April 20th.

  • 21% of Atlantic Canadians somewhat/strongly agree with welcoming visitors from other parts of Canada.

o   This response has remained stable from the previous period.  Atlantic Canadians have the lowest welcome towards visitors from other parts of Canada among all of the provinces/regions.

Atlantic Canadian residents are very likely to be unwelcoming of visitors from outside of their Canada

  • 15% of Atlantic Canadians somewhat/strongly agree with welcoming visitors from the United States, while 13% somewhat/strongly disagree with welcoming visitors from other countries.  These responses are slowly trending upwards incrementally.

 

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