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57% of Canadians think a 'vaccine passport' is a good idea, survey says

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May 09, 2021 - 4:30 PM

More than 50% of Canadians are in favour of a vaccine passport that would allow access to concerts, the theatre and even travel to other provinces and countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Research Co. poll says.

In the online survey of a representative provincial sample, 57% of Canadians think it is a good idea to rely on a “Vaccine Passport” to be able to go to live sporting events as a spectator.

"Almost three-in-five residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario (59%) support the concept to be put in place for live sporting events,”  Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. said in a press release.

“More than half of residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (57%), Quebec (56%) and Atlantic Canada (51%) concur.”

Canadians are also largely in favour of vaccine passports for people to be able to go to live concerts as a spectator (56%) and to be able to go to the theatre or cinema (55%). Almost two thirds of respondents (64%) believe the concept is a good idea for travel to other countries, while 54% endorse it for trips to other Canadian provinces and 54% for travel inside their own province.

Canadians who voted for the Liberal Party in the 2019 federal election are more likely to support the use of a “Vaccine Passport” for trips inside their own province (63%) than those who cast ballots for the New Democratic Party (NDP) (54%) and the Conservative Party (53%).

While two thirds of Canadians aged 55 and over (66%) are in favour of vaccine assports for travel to other Canadian provinces, the level of support drops to 57% among those aged 35-to-54 and to 56% among those aged 18-to-34.

The level of support is slightly lower—although still a majority—for the use of vaccine passports to be able to visit a gym or fitness facility (54%) and to be able to work at an office (52%).

Canadians who voted for the Conservatives in 2019 are less likely to support the concept of “Vaccine Passports” for offices (49%) than those who voted for the New Democrats (55%) and the Liberals (61%).

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government was intending to align its policy for travellers providing vaccine certification with its international partners.

Canada is now discussing the issue with European leaders, but it's up to each country to determine what requirements are expected from incoming travellers.

Results are based on an online survey conducted from May 1 to May 3 1,000 adults in Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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