Canadians loving their neighbourhoods in COVID-19
If the crisis of the few last months has proven anything, it’s that Canadians love their neighbourhoods.
According to a Leger survey conducted on behalf of ReMax, 82 per cent of Canadians say they would sacrifice at least one desirable attribute in order to live in the neighbourhood they believe meets their liveability “must-haves,” and 90 per cent of Canadians love the neighbourhoods they live in.
Liveability is about quality of life at a local level. A neighbourhood’s dynamism involves a delicate convergence between independent small businesses, public institutions, arts and culture, greenspaces and housing and other factors. COVID-19 will impact neighbourhood ecosystems differently across the country, just as the virus itself has. Yet, civic and local pride has been proliferating throughout this crisis in inspiring ways, giving Canadians hope that micro-economies, including real estate, have the resilience to be restored in the near- and mid-term.
“For the benefit of local small businesses and the capacity of residents to restore a high quality of life, or liveability, to their respective communities, the degree of local pride should give us all optimism,” says Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director, ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada.
The 2020 ReMax Liveability Report explores the qualities that give each homeowner the true satisfaction of living in their neighbourhood, such as access to greenspaces or restaurants and entertainment. According to the report, 91 per cent of Canadians have at least one important liveability factor that’s very important to them when it comes to the neighbourhood they live in now or would like to live in, in the future.
Not surprisingly, housing affordability came in at the top at 61 per cent, followed by: