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Surveys tracking changing views about newcomers, Indigenous people

The first of the six annual surveys launched Tuesday
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If you want to share your views about newcomers and Indigenous peoples, the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) has launched a series of surveys.

The NPI will be conducting six annual surveys to gauge opinions about newcomers, visible minorities and Indigenous peoples from Northern Ontario residents. The surveys will also track changes in attitudes in each community over six years.

The 2021 survey will focus on welcoming attitudes toward newcomers. The 2022 survey will focus on reconciliation and attitudes towards Indigenous peoples.

The two surveys will be alternating each year until 2026 and will be conducted online and by telephone.

Environics Research will be doing a parallel, randomized telephone study in the five northern communities that are taking part in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay.

The online survey has 14 questions and should take between three and five minutes to complete.

It will be available for four weeks until July 16. The online survey will be available to residents from the five communities as well as those living in rural and remote communities.

The results of the surveys will be generalized and anonymously presented in public reports, according to the NPI.

“Growing the population in all regions of Northern Ontario will require making the area welcoming for both newcomers and for those that already live here,” said Charles Cirtwill, president and CEO of Northern Policy Institute, in a statement. “Communities across Northern Ontario have made reconciliation, welcoming, and population growth their number one priority. This survey will help us track whether their efforts are having an impact.”

The English survey is available here.

For the French survey, click here.