Sorry NCC, Explanation Please On Your Poll

Sorry, the National Capital Commission has your agent a tad confused.

The release below says that 11 per cent of national capital region residents have contribution to some kind of NCC consultation. That means more than 150,000 people if you extrapolate that across the area’s population. Promoters don’t get that kind of crowd for a U2 concert let alone a boppin’ NCC consultation.

So what is the period that figure represents? Since the beginning of time? The end of time? This year? And if so, why is this useful for the public in 2017?

And even more interesting, how much did this cost? Why is it necessary? Was it done because that’s what we always do here at the NCC? Would you rather have this poll or some maintenance done on an Orleans Greenbelt hiking path?

Here is the release from the NCC:

A new poll shows an increase in the number of residents of Canada’s Capital Region who participated in the National Capital Commission’s (NCC) public consultations. The poll, which was conducted by Environics Research Group, surveyed more than 1,500 residents of the region in November–December 2016 and February 2017.

Eleven percent (11%) of residents of Canada’s Capital who responded to the poll say they have attended a public consultation or information session, or have provided input to the NCC. That is more than one person in ten, a noticeable increase from 2014, when only seven percent of respondents claimed to provide input to NCC plans and activities.

Other findings include the following:

  • Almost all residents of Canada’s Capital Region (94%) believe that the National Capital Commission “has a role to play in making the Capital an inspiring reflection of Canada and Canadians.”
  • Forty percent (40%) of residents in Canada’s Capital Region have heard of opportunities to provide input to the NCC, up from 26% in 2014.
  • Fifty-six percent (56%) of residents in Canada’s Capital Region say that the NCC does a good job of consulting and informing the public about its plans and programs, up from 48% in 2014.
  • Seventy-three percent (73%) of residents in Canada’s Capital Region “trust the NCC to make good decisions.”
  • Seventy-two percent (72%) of residents in Canada’s Capital Region feel that the NCC shares their values.
  • Sixty-two percent (62%) of residents in Canada’s Capital Region perceive the NCC as being well managed.
  • More than half of residents in Canada’s Capital Region (55% up from 29% in 2014) are now able to identify the NCC unaided when read a description of its mandate.
  • The NCC remains most widely recognized for the Rideau Canal Skateway (55% compared with 52% in 2014), followed by Gatineau Park (47% versus 45% in 2014), the Greenbelt (46% versus 40% in 2014) and the parkways (46% versus 39% in 2014).

The NCC will use the results of this survey to continue its proactive communications and public engagement efforts. Upcoming public consultations will be conducted on the following plans and activities:

  • Gatineau Park Master Plan renewal
  • Rehabilitation of Portage Bridge
  • Strategic plan for the Capital multi-use pathway network
  • Renewal of Nepean Point
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Riverfront Park
  • NCC Environmental Strategy
  • NCC courtyards in the ByWard Market

In addition, the NCC launched the fourth season of its popular Capital Urbanism Lab lecture series, a space for debate and dialogue on Capital-building and urbanism issues.


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5 thoughts on “Sorry NCC, Explanation Please On Your Poll

    1. I read it as an unknown percentage responded, and of those who responded 11 per cent said they participated in consultation. Of course the ones who didn’t respond to the poll are also likely not to have participated in consultations.


  1. I don’t think either of you are correct. If the polling organization says it polled 1500 people, it kept going until it had 1500 responses to its questions. I would expect that there’s a statement either on the NCC site or on Environics’s describing the methodology in more detail (phone, online, mixed) as well as the reliability of the poll (if I had to spitball it, 3-4% 19 times out of 20).

    So the response to the question likely means that 11% of the respondents (and by extrapolation, the population) believe they’ve had some sort of input to NCC consultations. The question not answered in the release is what is considered ‘input’. Is “fill out this comment card at the skate chalet to win an iPad” considered input?


    1. Bob:

      It also doesn’t address the time period … was it in the respondent’s lifetime, last two years …

      By the way, I know a pollster and he says his industry is having trouble getting a handle on Internet accuracy as you point out in your previous comment.

      cheers and thx



  2. Why guessing or surmising? The 74-page June 2017 report by Environics is here:
    The Methodology page:
    “This report presents the results of a telephone survey conducted with 1,539 residents of Canada’s Capital Region, during two field periods: November 28 to December 19, 2016 (789) and February 6 to 19, 2017 (750). The margin of error (MOE) for a sample of 1,539 is ± 2.5% at the 95% confidence level.
    •The sample was stratified by province to achieve a minimum of 900 interviews with residents of the Ontario part of the Capital Region (MOE plus or minus 3.2%), and 600 with residents of the Quebec part (MOE plus or minus 4.0%).
    •The interviews included 600 by cell phone (approximately 40%).
    •The data was statistically weighted by location, age and gender to ensure the final sample accurately reflects the region’s adult population according to the Census.
    •In this report, results are expressed as percentages unless otherwise noted. Results may not add to 100% due to rounding or multiple responses.
    •All results are based on the entire sample of residents unless otherwise noted. Separate results are provided for the November/December 2016 and February 2017 periods only where the differences are statistically significant.”


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