Preparing for weather-related emergencies in Canada

Release date: June 1, 2023
Infographic: Preparing for weather-related emergencies in Canada
Description: Preparing for weather-related emergencies in Canada

In fall 2022, 1 in 5 Canadians were extremely or very concerned about the risk of a weather-related emergency or natural disaster affecting their household.


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
Extremely or very concerned 20%
Somewhat concerned 30%
A little or not concerned 50%

Nearly 1 in 4 people said that in the previous year, their household had taken steps to prepare for a weather-related emergency or natural disaster.


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Percentage (appearing as column headers).
Percentage
People whose household took steps to prepare 24%
People whose household did not take steps to prepare 76%

P.E.I. residents were the most concerned about the risk of such emergencies or natural disasters and, along with Nova Scotians, among those most likely to have taken steps to prepare for them.

Hurricane Fiona touched down in Atlantic Canada in September 2022, just before these data were collected.


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3 Percentage of people who were extremely or very concerned and Percentage of people whose household took steps to prepare (appearing as column headers).
Percentage of people who were extremely or very concerned Percentage of people whose household took steps to prepare
Newfoundland and Labrador 22% 41%
Prince Edward Island 44% 76%
Nova Scotia 32% 71%
New Brunswick 21% 43%
Quebec 20% 15%
Ontario 17% 20%
Manitoba 19% 26%
Saskatchewan 19% 24%
Alberta 16% 21%
British Columbia 28% 38%

People who said their household would be unable to cover an unexpected $500 expense were more likely to be concerned about the risk of such emergencies or natural disasters and less likely to have taken steps to prepare.


Table 4
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 4 Percentage of people who were extremely or very concerned and Percentage of people whose household took steps to prepare (appearing as column headers).
Percentage of people who were extremely or very concerned Percentage of people whose household took steps to prepare
Household able to cover an unexpected $500 expense 18% 26%
Household unable to cover an unexpected $500 expense 26% 20%

Note: The data reflect the responses of the population aged 15 years and older in Canada’s 10 provinces.

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Social Survey (wave 7) – Quality of Life and Cost of Living, October to December 2022.

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