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The Reno Boom: How 1 in 2 Canadians are Investing in Home Renovations during the Pandemic

By: Samriddh Chaudhury When the COVID-19 pandemic began, daily life as we knew it ground to a halt. Vacations were canceled, reunions were postponed, and while the world outside clamoured to cope with the new realities of COVID-19, inside their four walls, Canadian families had an opportunity to reset and use this time to adapt

Are Canadians Happier than Americans?

By: Oksana Kishchuk This last week we took the opportunity to answer a question that’s been on our minds since we started the Abacus Data Happiness Monitor: are Canadians happier than Americans? We went into field late last week with surveys in both countries to answer that question. But before we get into the comparison,

Charities and the Pandemic: They need us now more than ever

By Megan Ross Since the beginning of the pandemic last March, many charities have experienced an increased demand for their services in support of their communities and the groups they are serving, and a decrease in charitable donations. At the extreme, some charities have had to close their doors permanently, leaving vulnerable populations with less

I want my old life back. What Canadians are looking forward to post-pandemic

By Oksana Kishchuk It has been 346 days since lockdowns began (at least here in Ottawa) and the COVID-19 pandemic began to really interfere with out lives. There are lots of things that we haven’t been able to do during that time. Celebrating a milestone birthday in-person with family members, taking a vacation to a

Pandemic + Winter Blues= Drop in Happiness?

By Richard Jenkins Last week happiness in Canada fell to its lowest point since late November. Are Canadians suffering from the winter blues? Is the pandemic taking its toll on our collective happiness? In fact, it is probably a combination of the two as the pandemic has made our winter blues more acute. January was

Moving to the country? More than 1 in 4 would love to do it.

Many Canadians would trade their current urban and suburban lifestyles for a smaller community or rural location. By Richard Jenkins Ever see the movie Funny Farm starring Chevy Chace? I may be dating myself a bit but it is a classic 80s comedy involving a couple who pick up and move to rural Vermont leaving

Abacus Data Bulletin: COVID anxiety is widespread among Canadian parents

Abacus Data Bulletins are short analyses of public opinion data we collect. For more information or media interviews, contact Bruce Anderson or David Coletto. Millions of Canadian parents are anxious about whether their children are safe as school returns this fall. In our latest nationwide survey, we probed Covid-19 related anxieties and here’s what we

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