Arena Survey Results

                    conf2 The 700+ Mailed in surveys                     Audience

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The Official Count : 10,763 Responses as of Sept 30, 2013

On Oct 11, 2013 a. Press Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in Markham.  The purpose of the press conference was to announce the results of the “citizens’ survey” on the proposed Markham arena. Initiated in June by a group of “Concerned Citizens”, in conjunction with a number of Councillors who are opposed to the Arena Financial Framework, the Survey was begun on July 27 and ended at midnight September 30. The survey received a total of 10,763 unique responses, over 700 of them mailed-in and the rest completed by computer. In light of what transpired at Council recently, the survey will remain open to receive new responses.

The “Concerned Citizens” group was comprised of a number of Ratepayers Association members, MCCRG, and numerous unaffiliated volunteers who physically distributed thousands of surveys to households in Markham. In addition, surveys were mailed to areas not covered by hand deliveries. These two distribution methods, taken together, attempted to cover all households in all wards of the City. From the approximately 97,500 flyers distributed by volunteers door to door, and sent by mail, we received over a 10% response rate, which is phenomenal.


One of the key findings is that the public wants the arena to be paid for by Private Investors and NOT by a special arena levy. Over 97% of respondents chose a 100% privately funded approach to this core element of the Financial Framework, and over 96% rejected any form of taxpayer subsidy. You can see detailed copy of the survey results HERE.

We thank you for your participation in this most important democratic process.

Below is a list of links to Media coverage on this Press conference:

Web Coverage:

Chinese Media:

Singtao Daily 1  2

Mingpao Daily 1 2 3

World Journal

Today Commercial News