Canadians consider Regina to be safer than Saskatoon despite the Queen City having a higher crime rate, according to the results of a new Mainstreet Research survey released Wednesday morning.
Regina ranked ninth out of 15 major Canadian cities included in the poll, which surveyed a random stratified sample of 2,050 Canadians and has a margin of error of +/- 2.16 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The survey looked at perceptions of safety following the release of Statistics Canada crime data, which identified Regina and Saskatoon as the two cities with the first and second highest crime rates in Canada respectively.
Saskatoon ranked 12th in the list of 15 cities, putting it higher in the safety rankings than Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.
Crimes rates up in both cities
The second survey of its kind, it also compared perceptions in 2017 to those from last year. Regina, whose crime rate increased 11 per cent from 2015-2016, dropped three places from its rank as sixth safest in last year’s survey.
According to the survey results, 50 per cent of Canadians consider Regina to be safe, and 33 per cent think it is unsafe. Another 17 per cent are not sure.
Saskatoon’s crime rate also increased by six per cent but its ranking as the 12th safest stayed the same.
The survey indicates 47 per cent of Canadians think Saskatoon is safe, 41 per cent think it is unsafe and 12 per cent are not sure.
Regarding Ottawa, the city which was ranked the safest, 74 per cent think it is safe, 14 per cent consider it unsafe and 12 per cent are not sure.
Location of legislature a factor?
The survey indicated Saskatchewan residents were more likely than the rest of the country to say Saskatoon was safe, while perceptions of Regina’s safety within Saskatchewan were on par with the rest of Canada.
It also noted a trend in the perception of safety in cities that are home to the provincial legislature compared with other urban centres within that province.
“Victoria, Edmonton, Regina and Quebec City all have higher perceived safety when compared to Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon and Montreal respectively,” wrote Mainstreet Research president Quito Maggi of the results.
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