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Wellbeing as the lens for decision-making in Canada

Read: The 2016 CIW National Index Report: How Are Canadians Really Doing?

Can we say that our lives have improved alongside economic growth?

Until now, Canada did not have an answer to this question. GDP is a number that tells us about one dimension of our wellbeing – our economy. The CIW as a partner to GDP provides Canadians with a fuller picture of wellbeing that measures real life, for real people. We start with eight domains that focus on key aspects of life and use them to measure what really matters to Canadians. 

Through several rounds of coast-to-coast-to-coast public consultations with everyday Canadians, they told us wellbeing frames their aspirations.

Understanding the interconnectedness of many aspects of wellbeing, and using it to fuel evidence-based and community-focused decision-making, is why the CIW exists.

The CIW regularly reports on the quality of life of Canadians – nationally, provincially, and locally – and advocates for social change that reflects our values and places wellbeing at the heart of policy.

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  1. Nov. 22, 2016Pursuit of economic growth leaving millions of Canadians behind (Toronto Star)Edvard Munch's

    The results of the latest Canadian Index of Wellbeing shows the 2008 recession stole our living standards, our leisure and volunteer time, even our sleep — and we never got them back.

  2. Nov. 22, 2016Opinion: Gap between GDP and wellbeing should threaten Canada’s complacency (Vancouver Sun)

    By Charles Ungerleider​

  3. Nov. 22, 2016Canadians’ well-being lags economic growth (Radio Canada International)immigrant children in school

    By Lynn Desjardins

    A national study reports that the Canadian economy recovered after 2008 recession, but the well-being of Canadians took “a significant step backwards, and has only begun to recover.”

    Citing data from almost 200 sources and government statistics, The Canadian Index of Wellbeing found that the Canadian economy grew 38 per cent between 19945 and 2014. At the same time improvements in well-being grew only 9.9 per cent.

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  1. Mar. 8, 2016In-home activities or recreation and cultural facility use: Which is better for your wellbeing?

  2. Feb. 17, 2016Welcome to 2016, everyone! New Year's resolutions -- Fresh Start

    Here we are in the middle of February already (wow). How are your resolutions holding up?

  3. Dec. 22, 2015Food: privilege or human right?Grinch-

    "Who Feast" Illustration by Theodor Geisal (Dr. Seuss) in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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