Genomics is unlocking solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges—from food insecurity to climate change, to disease. And public understanding and perceptions of this revolutionary science play a pivotal role in shaping how it is adopted and deployed to tackle major challenges facing Canadians.
Genome Canada teamed up with Abacus Data in Spring 2022 to conduct public opinion research to better understand how Canadians view genomics—especially given its role in the national COVID response—to inform our work and help strengthen our impact.
Building on existing efforts led by the six regional Genome Centres, a custom national survey was developed. The survey was conduced online with 3,000 Canadian adults aged 18+. The survey was in the field from March 4-13, 2022. Data generated by the survey were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population.