SATISFACTION, GUARANTEED ~ The number of Calgarians satisfied with the city they call home is on the rise.
The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) has revealed in the 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, 88% of Calgarians are satisfied with the quality of life in the city, an increase of 10 per cent over the last three years.
“It’s no secret that we live in a great city!" said Remax Realtor Jay Magnussen. "The City of Calgary has so much to offer including great people, lovely communities, programs and support systems for family, beautiful natural surroundings, freedoms and privileges experienced in few places around the world, and so much more."
Our ReMax real estate team serves many clients moving to Calgary from other cities, and we are thrilled to hear that people love this city. It gives us great pleasure to be helping people in one of the most important aspects of their lives.
Ninety-two per cent of citizens said they were “proud” to be Calgarians and reported increased satisfaction with City of Calgary programs and services.
Mayor Mayor Naheed Nenshi said "keeping Calgary at its best is a partnership between citizens and their government; City employees work hard to put citizens first in all that they do, and it’s not surprising that Calgarians value this and are optimistic about the future. Together, we are building an even better Calgary.”
However, not all Calgarians were pleased with life in the city, as 17 per cent of those surveyed said the quality of life had “worsened”, a slight decrease from the 18 per cent of dissatisfied Calgarians seen last year.
Other highlights of the survey, which has been conducted for over 10 years, showed an overwhelming number of Calgarians (95-99 per cent) were pleased with the City’s flood response. The full impact of the June floods was also reflected in the survey’s findings, with 45 per cent of respondents stating they were in some way affected by the flooding and 80 per cent stating they had participated in flood recovery in some way. More than a third of Calgarians (37 per cent) stated they had volunteered with flood efforts.
Responding to how City Hall spends their hard earned dollars, close to two-thirds (65 per cent) of citizens said they were getting “good value” for their property taxes, slightly above last year’s 62 per cent but up significantly from the 51 per cent seen in 2010).
“This research is one of the ways we listen to citizens,” says Mayor Nenshi. “Good data makes for good decisions. The citizen satisfaction survey helps us to create priorities and increase our understanding of what we’re doing well and where we need to improve.”
Calgarians are invited to participate in the HeartYYC contest by posting on The City’s Twitter or Facebook page. By sharing why they love Calgary, they will be entered into a daily draw for prizes from The City and civic partners. Visit calgary.ca for more information.