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Young people in Canada are most nervous as provinces reopen

Young people in Canada are the most concerned that their provinces might be reopening too quickly, according to a recent survey conducted by Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K).

The survey found that 43 per cent of Canadians aged 18-24 thought their provinces were moving too fast. In comparison, only a quarter of senior citizens (aged 65+) felt that provincial governments were reopening from lockdown too early.

Generally, the survey found that the younger a person is, the more likely they are to believe that things in their province are moving too quickly.

Research author Elliott Gauthier called the findings "noteworthy" given the widespread reports of younger people being less compliant with physical distancing measures.

Footage of young Canadians lounging in parks or partying in the streets has been circulating on social media since March, lending fuel to the fire that they're flouting social distancing rules.

The survey results, however, suggest that young people are more eager than their elders to remain indoors.

The fact that Canadian senior citizens are more comfortable with provinces lifting lockdown restrictions is equally surprising, given that they're also more likely to suffer serious health complications if they contract the virus.

"Ultimately, for both groups, this correlates to the degree of trust they have in government institutions," Gauthier said. "The older you are, the more likely you are to trust in your government's plan."

The exact breakdown of Canadians that said their province was opening too quickly is as follows:

  • Aged 18-24 (43 per cent)
  • Aged 25-34 (41 per cent)
  • Aged 35-44 (31 per cent)
  • Aged 45-54 (30 per cent)
  • Aged 55-64 (24 per cent)
  • Aged 65+ (25 per cent)

Overall, the survey found that 56 per cent of Canadians believe that the pace their provinces are reopening at is "just right," with Atlantic Canadians and British Columbians showing the most faith in their governments' plans.

Lead photo by

Karl T Photographie

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