Wellbeing as the lens for decision-making in Canada
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.
Start the conversation
Watch our video and start talking to your friends and families, colleagues and elected officials, about the kind of Canada you want.
- May 1, 2019
Community Wellbeing Survey highlights shared with community; Data 'will help us to create programs and collaborations that will benefit the community'
- Jan. 30, 2019
MIDLAND - Chigamik Community Health Centre has been selected by the Rural Ontario Institute as one of only three community demonstration projects across Ontario aimed at better understanding and improving community vitality and wellbeing, as part of their North Simcoe Community Health Link.
- Jan. 28, 2019
In 2013, British researchers found museums can:
- reduce social isolation by providing positive experiences;
- provide calming experiences, leading to decreased anxiety;
- bolster self-esteem and a sense of identity;
- support communication between families, caregivers and health professionals.
- July 10, 2017
- June 28, 2017
It’s encouraging to see people flocking to national parks, historic sites and free cultural events to celebrate Canada’s 150th with their friends and family. It’s not just about national pride. It’s important for national wellbeing.
- May 30, 2017