Our neighbourhoods can be welcoming places and we’re open to deeper connections. Now it’s time to extend the invitation to everyone.
What we asked
There is something unique about our relationship with the people who live on our block, in our building, or down the street. We wanted to understand how to strengthen these relationships for everyone.
In 2012, we asked people if they feel welcome and a sense of belonging in their neighbourhood. We asked this again in 2017, but we also wanted to dig deeper into the strength of our connections with neighbours. We asked how well people know their neighbours, and if they can rely on them for help. We were also keen to find out if people want to know their neighbours better, and if so, what kinds of things they would like to do together.
Finally, we asked people why they moved into their neighbourhood, if they are satisfied with where they live or if they are planning to move away – and why. We were also curious to know if people trust their neighbours, and how this compares to how much they trust strangers.
What we heard
Many people feel welcome in their neighbourhood and have a strong sense of belonging, particularly residents age 55 and over.
Overall, approximately two-thirds (64%) of Metro Vancouver residents report feeling welcome in their neighbourhood and a sense of belonging. Compared to our 2012 survey result of 68%, this proportion has dipped slightly.
Most residents talk to their neighbours regularly, and know between three and four neighbours well enough to ask for help.
Most people in Metro Vancouver have conversations with their neighbours at least monthly (69%), and know at least one neighbour by name (88%).