The economy is more of a concern to Quebecers than health

The economy is of more concern to Quebecers than health.


Economic and financial issues take the lead in the personal concerns of Quebecers, thus dethroning – for the first time since 2011 – issues related to the health care system, according to the CIRANO Barometer released on Tuesday.  

Thus, 49% of Quebecers chose economic and financial risks in their two main personal concerns, an increase of 10 points compared to 2021.

Risks related to the healthcare system come next, with a proportion of 47%, an increase of 5 points. The environment and energy resources are in third place, with 29%, a decrease of 4 points compared to 2021.

Collectively, these are the same three issues that occupy the top of the list, however, the risks related to the health system come before the economic and financial issues. In fact, 45% of Quebecers chose health in their two main concerns for their province (an increase of 4 points compared to 2021) and 32% chose the economy (an increase of 14 points).

“The increase in concerns between 2021 and 2022 for economic issues coincides with a period of significant economic and financial uncertainty for Quebec, manifested among other things by a loss of purchasing power,” said Thomas Gleize, co-author of the study and research professional at CIRANO.

Montrealers concerned about safety

The report also notes that, on a personal level, residents of the Montreal metropolitan area are less concerned than those of other regions (outside the Quebec City metropolitan area) about economic and financial risks (43% versus 55%). On the other hand, they are more concerned about safety than the inhabitants of other regions, on a collective level, but also on a personal level (up to 15% for the inhabitants of Montreal against 8% for the other regions).

“Residents of the Quebec City metropolitan area are the most concerned, whether personally or collectively, by the risks related to transportation infrastructure,” wrote Ingrid Peignier, co-author of the study and Senior Director of Partnerships and Research Promotion at CIRANO.

At the collective level in particular, 36% of the inhabitants of Quebec City Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) are concerned about the risks related to transportation infrastructures, while they are only 15% in the Montreal CMA.

< p>Young people more worried

Respondents over the age of 55 are more concerned about risks related to the health care system on a personal level. On the other hand, for economic and financial risks, it is the under 35s who are the most concerned, both personally and collectively.

In addition, two new issues have emerged this year in the Barometer: the rise in the cost of living and the price of gasoline. Thus, 85% of Quebecers perceive the rise in the cost of living and interest rates as a great or very great risk (+21 points compared to 2021) and 82% for the price of gasoline (+23 points ).

The CIRANO Barometer, which analyzes the priorities of Quebecers, is the result of surveys conducted between June 28 and July 4, among 1,000 people. It exists since 2011.