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February 17, 2012

Welcome to the second in a continuing series of e-based newsletters published by The Environics Institute.

In The News

Canadians on Citizenship – New Study Just Released
shipWhat do Canadians think it means to be a “
good citizen” in this country?  How do the perspectives of native born and foreign-born citizens compare on this and related questions? A groundbreaking new national survey answering these questions and others was publicly released earlier this week through the CBC.

This research was conducted by the Environics Institute, in partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the Maytree Foundation, CBC News and RBC. Results are available at the following links, and a full report will be published on March 6, 2012

• The Summary Report is available in English and in French.

• For more information about the project please visit The Institute for Canadian Citizenship's website. View video interviews here.

CBC coverage here.

Focus Canada 2011
keith_fcThe Environics Institute recently completed its second annual Focus Canada survey, which takes the pulse of the Canadian public on a wide range of public policy and social issues. This public interest research builds on the syndicated Focus Canada research program conducted by Environics Research for more than three decades (1976 – 2009). 

Results have been featured recently on the following topics:

Canada’s policy in the Middle East – Globe and Mail, February 1, 2012

Crime and Justice – Globe and Mail, January 25, 2012

Income inequality in Canada – presented at the Canada 2020 Conference on Income Disparity and Polarization 

A full report of the Focus Canada 2011 survey will be released in early March 2012.

Research Commentary

The Environics Institute is launching a new series of independent commentaries on published public opinion and social research in Canada.  The purpose of this series is to bring a critical eye to research in the public sphere, in terms of what it contributes to important issues of the day.

The Institute’s first commentary focuses on a study recently published by the MacDonald-Laurier Institute entitled: “What do Muslim Canadians Want?” (by Christian Leuprecht and Conrad Winn). The full commentary can be found here.

Current Projects

The Black Experience in Greater Toronto Area
The Environics Institute, in partnership with the Atkinson Charitable Foundation and the Ryerson Diversity Institute, has recently launched a new research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

In these early stages, this project is being greeted with with tremendous support from a cross-section of the Black community as well as the community at large. The first phase of this ambitious project will see engagement at all levels of the community with consideration of its diverse Diaspora. The community engagement sessions will begin mid-March in Peel region, and are being organized in collaboration with the Social Planning Council of Peel, United Way of Peel Region and related community organizations.

The Black Experience Project welcomes the following organizations who have recently signed on as collaboratoring partners who will be actively supporting the community engagement and research through their current networks and resources:

- United Way Toronto
- United Way Peel
- Youth Challenge Fund- Social Planning Council Peel
- City of Toronto
- YMCA of Greater Toronto

We'd like to introduce our Project Director, Marva Wisdom, who is leading the community engagement phase.


Marva is a community leader who blends her personal and professional passions to help her clients and community build on the strengths of a strong and collaborative work force. A dedicated volunteer, Marva chaired the 2010 and 2011 United Way campaign for Guelph-Wellington where she led the team that raised nearly $5M for social services in her community. She has served as Trustee for the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, board vice chair of the Guelph YM-YWCA, and founding chair of the Guelph Chapter - Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Nationally, she serves as vice chair of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and is a member of the National Diversity Task Force for YWCA Canada. Marva's recognitions include the Guelph Y's Woman of Distinction award, the CTV/CKCO 'Our Hero of the Week' award and more recently, she has been nominated for the Ontario Good Citizen Award. She holds a Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph.

To learn more about the project, contact Marva at: marva@marvawisdom.com

New Institute Website
fi-under-constructionA new website is now being developed by one of Canada's leading web designers, to provide significantly improved access to all of of the Institute's research and material, as well as introduce new features such as an ongoing source of information about other relevant public affairs research in Canada and around the world.

Look for the new website later this spring.

Who We Are

The Environics Institute for Survey Research was established by Michael Adams in 2006 to promote relevant and original public opinion and social research on important issues of public policy and social change. The focus of the Institute’s mandate is to survey individuals and groups not usually heard from, asking questions not normally asked.  

Integral to the Institute’s approach is:  a) early consultation and engagement with populations to be surveyed to ensure a respectful approach in how the research is conducted; and b) broad dissemination of research findings to stimulate constructive discourse and informed responses to these findings. 

For more information about the Institute and its mission, see www.environicsinstitute.org

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