Public Awareness Surveys

See why your opinion of the Bank matters to us, and find out about our latest Public Awareness Survey.

Why Your Opinion Matters to Us

As Canada’s central bank, we are accountable to all Canadians. When you know about, understand and trust our actions and policies, it helps us make them more effective in keeping inflation low and predictable, and the financial system stable and efficient.

2019 Survey

We conducted our fifth nationally representative Public Awareness Survey in 2019 to assess the public’s awareness, understanding, and trust in the Bank. We use the results to better understand our audiences and shape our communication strategies.

Awareness

Respondents who correctly identified the Bank’s responsibilities:

Keeps the financial system safe and efficient

2019
73%
 
2018
65%
 

 

Keeps inflation low and stable

2019
64%
 
2018
52%
 

 

Designs and produces banknotes (paper money)

2019
52%
 
2018
54%
 

Understanding

Respondents who provided an accurate response to why the Bank adjusts the interest rate:

2019

41%
 

2018

47%
 

Trust

Respondents who trust the Bank to:

Overall Trust

2019
42%
22%
7%
30%
2018
47%
23%
7%
24%
Trust
Neutral
Don't know
Do not trust

 

Maintain a low and stable inflation rate

2019
45%
20%
14%
21%
2018
45%
20%
16%
19%
Trust
Neutral
Don't know
Do not trust

 

Ensure that Canada's financial system functions well

2019
52%
18%
14%
16%
2018 - N/A
Trust
Neutral
Don't know
Do not trust

 

Contribute to the succesful management of the economy

2019
49%
19%
14%
18%
2018 - N/A
Trust
Neutral
Don't know
Do not trust

Past Surveys

We surveyed the public in 1999, 2010 and 2014. Awareness, understanding, and trust were assessed in these surveys but the results cannot be directly compared to 2018 or 2019 because the approach and questionnaire changed.