Key Finding

2.

Many people, regardless of age, feel there are barriers preventing them from doing more.

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Most British Columbians are actively involved in their communities, but

%

still want to do more but face barriers that prevent them from being able to

Total respondents: 7,980 |  Q. B3a) Would you like to be more involved in your community?

Depending on age, people experience different barriers to varying degrees.

On average, work or school obligations (60%) were reported as the top barrier to participation while lack of time was reported by all generations as one of their top three barriers.

Barriers to Participation

Work/school obligations (%)

Time pressure/not enough time (%)

Family obligations (%)

Don't know how to get more involved (%)

Personal finances (%)

Physical health issues (%)

Mental health issues (%)

0 %
of Matures (74+) and 22% of Baby Boomers (55-73) reported physical health issues as a barrier
0 %
of iGen (18-24) reported mental health issues as a barrier
0 %
of Gen X (39-54) reported family obligation as a barrier

Total that would like to be more involved in their community: 3,364 | Q. B3b) What is preventing you from getting more involved in your community? Respondents were required to select up to three from a list of 13 options, including “other” and “don’t know”.

The youngest and oldest generations share similar challenges of not knowing how to do more in community.

Older and younger women

Both are unsure of how to get more involved

iGen (18-24)

31%

Matures (74+)

25%

Total that would like to be more involved in their community: 3,364 | Q. B3b) What is preventing you from getting more involved in your community?

%

of iGen (18-24) want to be more involved in their community

Total respondents: 7,980 | Q. B3a) Would like to be more involved in your community?

%

of iGen (18-24) feel they don’t have a voice in what happens in their community

Total respondents: 7,980 | Q. B4a) To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? “I feel I have a voice in what happens in my community.”

%

of Matures (74+) feel they don’t have anything to offer (vs. 4% overall)

Total that would like to be more involved in their community: 3,364 | Q. B3b) What is preventing you from getting more involved
in your community? Respondents were required to select up to three from a list of 13 options, including “other” and “don’t know”.

Both are most likely to self-identify as “activists”

Suggesting they share similar views on their role in influencing change.

iGen (15-24)

43%

Matures (74+)

41%

Total respondents: 7,980 | Q. B4b) To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement?  “I am an activist (a person who behaves intentionally to bring about political, community, or social change).”

British Columbians are actively contributing to their communities in a range of ways.

Most British Columbians feel welcome in their community and believe in their capacity to contribute to positive change.