Forget New Year's Resolutions; set New Year's Intentions in 2016 to effect real change

Cadillac Fairview study reveals 88% of Canadians are continually searching for new ways to improve their well being

More than half of Canadians (67%) are likely to set intentions to create long term change

From coast-to-coast, Cadillac Fairview shopping centres have everything Canadians need to spark new ideas and fresh intentions to get off on the right foot in 2016

CANADA, Dec. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - It's that time again, to take stock of the year that was, and to make plans for the year ahead. For many of us, that means setting our resolutions for the New Year, many of which will be long forgotten by the time February rolls around. 

But this year, Cadillac Fairview (CF) is encouraging Canadians to start 2016 off on the right foot by trading in those outdated resolutions you can never seem to keep, and instead opt for New Year's intentions; a scalable goal that is focused on the positive versus the problem. 

According to a recent Ipsos Reid study commissioned by Cadillac Fairview, nearly seven in 10 (68%) Canadians look to the start of a new year as an opportunity to make a fresh start. Still, 69% of Canadians also do not set New Year's resolutions.    

Why is that? According to the data, more than half of Canadians (53%) agree that setting goals at the start of the year is important, but three quarters (73%) stated they eventually break their resolutions. Among those who did not make a resolution, 28% mentioned that they believe making resolutions is more of a novelty/tradition than a serious commitment. 

On the other hand, more than two-thirds of Canadians (67%) point out they would be likely to set intentions if they knew that intentions were more achievable throughout the year.

With this in mind, Cadillac Fairview is taking a fresh perspective on the New Year, focusing on intentions versus resolutions, looking at the positive over the problems and providing shoppers with the tools to do so. Whether it's about spending more time with family and friends, to living a healthier lifestyle, to learning new things, or simply being true to one's self – Cadillac Fairview is dedicated to helping Canadians reach their goals this year, no matter the intention.  

From sporting goods to technology, in-property athletics or learn-to courses, CF shopping centres across Canada are a great resource to tap into to increase your overall well-being this year.

"We know our shoppers like no one else," said Craig Flannagan, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Cadillac Fairview. "We know that they're always looking for ways to improve their overall well-being and the survey results back that up; we couldn't be more delighted to help them out. "

"At Cadillac Fairview we are committed to delivering a best-in-class retail experience, and assisting our shoppers in achieving their goals is part of it.  From buying their first pair of yoga pants, to attending their first yoga class – CF shopping centres across the country are equipped with the tools to support our shoppers in meeting their goals."

Other interesting survey facts about Canadians and their New Year's intentions:

  • It doesn't come as any surprise that over eight in ten Canadians (83%) agree that having the right tools and equipment is important to achieve their goals – and the majority (61%) are interested in hearing about opportunities in their communities to help meet their goals.
  • Nearly nine in ten Canadians (88%) agree they are looking for ways to improve their well-being. Among those who are likely to set a New Year's intention, the most popular intention is to live a healthier lifestyle (65%). Other intentions include focusing on the positive (53%), spending time with family and friends (40%), being true to oneself (37%), and learning something new (37%).
  • Just over half (53%) of Canadians are more likely to achieve their goals if they set them with a 'buddy', and women (56%) are significantly more likely to agree to this than men (49%).

Wondering what intention areas you should focus on this year?

  • Spend time with family and friends: Cut back on the screen time and take up a hobby; visit with family and friends by taking a hike or picking up an extra class.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle: Join a yoga class, go skating; become part of a team.

  • Learn something new: From tai chi to spin class visit to check out what programs are happening in a CF property near you.

  • Focus on the positive: With Blue Monday around the corner, it's easy to let the short days and cold nights get the best of you. Focus on the positive this 2016 by learning something new or spending more time with family and friends.

  • Be true to self: Focus on the things that make you most happy. Whether it's spending more time with family or taking time to yourself invest in your true self.

Keep your New Year's intentions with CF shopping centres across Canada

As the hub of many communities across Canada, CF shopping centres have a variety of programs to help Canadians stay on track this year.  Whether it's taking up a yoga class or signing up for spin; tai chi classes, seminars on natural products; Zumba classes, there is something for everyone.  For a full listing of activities that are happening at any of the 20 Cadillac Fairview malls across Canada, please visit

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between December 14 and December 17, 2015, on behalf of Cadillac Fairview. For this survey, a sample of 2,004 Canadians from Ipsos' online panel was interviewed online. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval.  In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled.

About Cadillac Fairview
Cadillac Fairview is one of the largest owners, operators and developers of best-in-class office, retail and mixed-use properties in North America. The company also invests in retail, mixed-use and industrial real estate in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Valued at more than $29 billion, Cadillac Fairview owns over 37 million square feet of leasable space at 71 properties in Canada, including landmark developments, such as Toronto-Dominion Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Pacific Centre and CF Chinook Centre. Cadillac Fairview is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which invests to secure the retirement income of active and retired teachers.

SOURCE Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

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