Life not sunny for all

While a majority of Kelowna residents say their quality of life is very good, (40 per cent) or good (54 per cent), a growing number believe that quality of life is declining.

Those findings are part of a citizen's survey the city contracts Ipsos Public Affairs to produce every two to three years.

Thirty-three per cent who responded said their quality of life is worse than it was two years ago, compared with just 22 per cent who said their life has improved.

In 2015, 30 per cent of people said their life had improved, while only 18 per cent said it had worsened.

A variety of social issues were cited for the dip in quality of life. These include:

  • Rising cost of living - 14 per cent
  • Drugs - 14 per cent
  • Too crowded/busy - 13 per cent
  • Housing affordability - 12 per cent
  • Increased poverty/homelessness - 11 per cent

These follow closely the issues people feel are most important, including social (40 per cent), transportation (39 per cent), and growth and development (15 per cent).

At the request of council, respondents were asked how frequently they visited downtown and their perception of safety downtown. The survey showed 41 per cent go downtown at least once a week with 83 per cent visiting at least once a month. Overall, 80 per cent described downtown as safe, with 16 per cent saying it was not very safe.

Leon Avenue (43 per cent) and City Park (42 per cent) were viewed as the most unsafe areas of downtown. Drugs (55 per cent) and homelessness/poverty (46 per cent) were cited as the main reasons people feel unsafe.

As for city services, 90 per cent are somewhat, or very satisfied while only two per cent are not at all satisfied.

More Kelowna News