Most Canadians more trusting of neighbours, institutions since COVID-19 pandemic: study – GLOBAL

June 16, 2022

You wouldn’t think it to watch scenes of honking truck drivers or sign-carrying anti-vaccine protesters, but new survey data suggests Canadians have more trust in their institutions and their neighbours since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, Canada is a long way from a national “Kum Ba Yah” sing-along. Cary Wu, lead author of the newly published paper, said that trust is highly correlated with how much money you make.

“Income is a good predictor,” said Wu, a York University sociologist who has just published his study in the journal Social Science Research.

“Most Canadians have become more trusting in their neighbours and generalized ‘others.’ But (some) Canadians have become very much less trusting.”

Although previous research has taken snapshots of Canadian attitudes during the pandemic, Wu and his two co-authors wanted to look at how they may have changed over time.

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