The majority of Canadians support the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in their provinces, with more than four in ten believing that the pace of easing restrictions is about right.

  • Two-thirds of Canadians support the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in their provinces, while one-quarter are opposed to the idea.
  • Across Canada, the pace of easing COVID-19 restrictions is just about right for more than four in ten Canadians. While one-third believes the pace is too fast, two in ten prefer it to be quicker.

March 21, 2022

For two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the day-to-day lives of Canadians in various ways, including lockdowns and physical restrictions. Now, provinces across Canada have begun easing COVID-19 restrictions. While Canadian residents are generally supportive of these changes, there are somewhat conflicting opinions. Overall, two-thirds of Canadians support easing COVID-19 restrictions (67%), while one-quarter are opposed to that plan (27%). Men, those employed full-time, with some level of college education, and those from Quebec are most likely to support the easing of restrictions. By contrast, women, those unemployed, and residents with lower education levels, are most likely to oppose the idea.

Residents across Canada also expressed their opinions regarding the pace of easing COVID-19 restrictions. Overall, just under one-half believe the pace is about right (45%), while one-third think the pace is too fast (32%), and two in ten perceive the pace to be too slow (18%). Among those who are in support of easing restrictions, the majority believes the pace is about right (61%), meanwhile one-quarter prefer a quicker pace (26%), and one-in-ten feel things are moving too quickly (10%).

Results shown are from a survey conducted online between March 11 and 14, 2022, with 1,233 Canadians 18 years of age or older from the Logit Group’s Canadian Omnibus. Fielding every month, the Logit Group’s COVID-19 Omnibus surveys Canadians to ask their opinions and behaviours related to topical issues. Results were analyzed by Narrative Research. Data was weighted based on the 2016 Census, by gender, age, and region to reflect these population characteristics in each province. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied.   

The questions included in this press release were the following:

  • Recently, provinces across Canada have been easing COVID-19 restrictions. All things considered, do support or oppose the easing of restrictions in your province?
  • And do you believe that the pace of easing restrictions has been too slow, about the right pace or too fast?

For more information, contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO, Narrative Research – 902.222.7066,


Margaret Chapman, COO, Narrative Research – 902.222.4048,


Sam Pisani, Managing Partner, Logit Group – 416.629.4116,

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