Is being environmentally-conscious an intrinsic part of what it means to be Canadian? A lot of newcomers seem to think so, according to a national survey of 648 adult Canadians who have moved to the country within the past five years.
Conducted in honour of the upcoming Canada Day weekend, the poll found that 85% of newly immigrated Canadians agree that being environmentally responsible is a part of what it means to be Canadian. Almost three-quarters (73%) of newcomers said that their attitude towards the environment has changed since moving to Canada, and 87% think that their personal actions have an impact on the environment.
Of those surveyed, 85% said that protecting the environment was important to them; immigrants in Montreal were most likely to agree with the statement, with a full 100% responding in the affirmative. Those with children were also more likely to agree, with 89% saying that protecting the environment was an important issue, as compared to 82% of those without children.