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After COVID-19, Canadians long to live stress-free, hug their friends and travel

For many Canadians, the answer to a common question in December carries an unusual answer. What are you doing New Years Eve? Waiting for next year.

For many, this holiday season – with parties cancelled and traditions put off – is an obstacle to overcome. Now, new data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds people from coast-to-coast hoping fervently for a new era when neighbours and communities are safely vaccinated, and (almost) everyone regains a life that looks more like it used to.

Three things that Canadians are looking forward to most: being able to go about their day-to-day routine without worrying about the virus (44% look forward to this), being able to resume the hugs, pecks on the cheek and handshakes that come with physical contact (43%), and international travel (42%).

More Key Findings: 

  • British Columbians are most likely to look forward to hugging their loved ones (51%) while Quebec leads the nation in wanting to go out for dinner (45%) and go to a party (19%).
  • Manitoba residents are most excited to get together with older people they have been unable to see. 35 per cent say this, with Saskatchewan second at 28 per cent.
  • One-in-five Canadians say that a pre-pandemic normal will never return. Notably, 48 per cent of those who will not get vaccinated against COVID-19 say this, while the proportion is just 15 per cent among those who will.

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