13 Jun 2016

Resounding majority support the development of a new Irving Oil headquarters building in Saint John

Halifax, NS June 13, 2016: There is strong support for the development of a new Irving Oil headquarters building in Saint John, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Earlier this year, Irving Oil revealed a proposal to build an 11-storey headquarters building in uptown Saint John, next to the Imperial Theatre. More recently, concern has been raised that the planned location does not comply with the city’s heritage conservation area bylaws. When asked their opinion on the matter, over eight in ten (84%) Saint John residents support this development, while one in ten (8%) oppose, and a similar number do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter (8%).

“Contrary to criticism of Irving Oil’s decision to build its headquarters on land next to the Imperial Theatre, a resounding majority of residents living in the Greater Saint John area actually support the Company’s decision”, according to Don Mills, Chairman & CEO of CRA.

These results are part of the CRA Urban Report, an independent telephone survey of 400 Saint John (census metropolitan area (CMA)) adult residents, 18 years of age or older, conducted from April 19 to May 3, 2016. Overall results are accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.


For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, CRA President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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Amanda Bates