More than half of Canadians favor mandatory winter tire use.
That’s according to a survey conducted by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants of 1,500 light vehicle owners across the country.
Predictably, Quebeckers were the biggest advocates of winter tires. More than 90% of residents of the only province where winter tire use is mandated were in favor of winter tire legislation.
Atlantic Canada was also largely in favor, with 71.5% support.
Alberta (48.4 percent), Ontario (45.9 percent) and Manitoba/Saskatchewan (44.9 percent) residents were more closely distributed in their responses, while British Columbia had the lowest level of support.
Considering the national average, 57.2 percent of respondents believe winter tires should be mandatory while 31.5 percent were against the idea (with the remaining 11.3 percent citing they weren’t sure either way).
According to DesRosiers, the results were not greatly influenced by respondent gender, income, education, or age.