2020 Public Opinion Poll: Canadians’ Attitudes Towards Marine Shipping

In this Report, You'll Learn About

  • What Canadians think about marine shipping activities in Canada
  • The effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the perceptions
  • The top public safety and environmental concerns related to marine shipping
  • How confident Canadians are in marine shipping and how well it is regulated

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Clear Seas, in partnership with the Angus Reid Institute, conducted its third study in its public opinion series measuring the perceptions of Canadians towards the marine shipping industry. The 2020 edition of the nationwide poll builds on the benchmark studies first conducted in 2016 and repeated in 2018.

The latest Clear Seas’ public opinion poll takes into consideration the impact the COVID-19 pandemic might have had on Canadians’ overall awareness about the marine shipping industry and the role it plays in the global and national supply chain. Also new to the 2020 study is the development of a Shipping Confidence Index designed to provide a ranking of the various viewpoints on marine shipping.

Key Takeaway

The shipping industry heads into another year of likely challenges with positive ratings from most Canadians. Building on what now is a five-year trend, four-in-five residents say they have a favourable view of marine shipping.


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Published November 30, 2020

Last modified on March 2, 2022