One in five Canadians report hardship with border closure: Nanos survey

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TORONTO – About 20 percent of Canadians say they or their families have experienced some form of hardship due to the closure of the Canada-U.S. Land border. A new Nanos Research poll shows that while most Canadians say they have not been affected by the shutdown, which has been in effect for more than four months, many say they have been.

The survey was commissioned by CTV News and released on Sunday.

Sixteen percent of respondents told Nanos that they or their families had experienced minor difficulties related to the border closure, while five percent reported major difficulties. Seventy-nine percent said they and their families had not experienced border-related difficulties, and 1% were unsure. Due to rounding, these figures do not add up to 100%.

On Sunday, the border closure was to last until August 21. This date could change, as the agreement between Canada and the United States to keep the land border closed has already been extended four times.

There are a number of exemptions for the types of travel the two countries have deemed essential, including trade and commerce, healthcare workers who live on either side of the border, and temporary foreign workers.

Last week, Canada added an exemption for first-year university students from the United States who otherwise would not have been able to enter the country. The Canada Border Services Agency also announced tougher measures for anyone using Canada to travel between the Americas and Alaska, in response to allegations of a loophole allowing some Americans to bypass the rules and vacation in Canada.

The region most likely to report some level of difficulty due to the closure was Quebec, where just under 75% of respondents in Nanos said they had not been affected by the closure and over 8 % said it caused them or their families major hardship.

Eighty percent of Ontarians surveyed and 83 percent of Atlantic Canadians surveyed said closing the border had not posed any difficulty for them or their families.

Women were also more likely not to report any difficulties caused by the border closure, from 83% to 74% for men.

METHODOLOGY

Nanos conducted a hybrid dual-database RDD (landline and cellular) telephone and online survey of 1,094 Canadians aged 18 or older, between July 26 and July 30, 2020, as part of a survey omnibus. Participants were randomly recruited over the phone using live agents and administered an online survey.

The sample included both terrestrial and cell lines from across Canada. The results were statistically verified and weighted for age and sex using the latest census information, and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.

People were called at random using random numbering with a maximum of five callbacks.

The margin of error for this survey is plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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