Life’s good in the City of the Arts! In a recent survey, 99.7% of Port Moody residents rated their overall quality of life as either “very good” or “good”. That number is up almost two percentage points from the previous survey in 2014.
Acting Mayor Barbra Junker remarked that Port Moody residents consistently rate the quality of life as high. “We have a real sense of community here. It’s that community feeling together with the arts, nature, recreation, and heritage that creates the high quality lifestyle that residents are talking about.” The acting mayor also noted that concerns about crime are trending downwards at the same time that there is an increasing appreciation for Police and Fire-Rescue services.
Every two years the City conducts a survey to find out the top-of-mind issues for residents, and how satisfied they are with the City’s performance, services, financial planning and quality of life. In January and February, Ipsos Public Affairs phoned 400 randomly selected Port Moody residents. Similar to 2012 and 2014, transportation was cited as the leading top of mind community issue, with 47% of respondents mentioning it this year. Transportation, including the maintenance of roads and sidewalks, traffic congestion and public transit, was also reported as the service most in need of improvement.
“Council and staff have been hearing the same thing from stakeholders during the public consultations for Port Moody’s Master Transportation Plan,” said Acting Mayor Junker. “Like the rest of the region, Port Moody’s population is growing so transportation will continue to be an important issue. We expect that the new Master Transportation Plan will address many of the issues we’ve heard.”
Other notable survey highlights are:
• 97% of respondents are most satisfied with the City’s Fire-Rescue and Police services;
• 96% said they were either very satisfied or satisfied with parks, trails and other green spaces;
• 94% of respondents were satisfied with library services;
• 93% of residents were satisfied with recreational and cultural facilities;
• Council and administration received a 91% satisfaction rating which is 15% higher than the average for B.C. municipalities;
• 89% of residents said that the overall they get very good value or good value for their tax dollars. The average for B.C. cities in 79%, and
• 87% said it was very important or somewhat important for Port Moody to be an environmental leader, even if it means increasing taxes.
Download and read the full 2016 Citizen Survey Report
, or view an infographic for a quick summary of key results.