Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, AB)

CIW Engagement

We were pleased to partner with Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and a collaborative of local organizations including the regional government to conduct a CIW Community Wellbeing Survey in 2014. 

The initial report, Look into Wood Buffalo Community Wellbeing Survey Report 1, presents preliminary findings from the residents’ responses to all of the questions based on each of the eight CIW domains. The data were weighted to ensure that results are representative geographically within the Wood Buffalo Region and that the sex and age distribution matched the profile for the Wood Buffalo Region based on the 2011 Census. 

The second report, Look into Wood Buffalo Community Wellbeing Survey Report 2, provides a more in-depth look at the results of the survey. In discussion with Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and its partners, two factors were selected as focal lenses for further analysis of the survey results: (1) residency and household type, and (2) sense of belonging to the local community. By exploring the survey results through these lenses, a deeper understanding emerges concerning two key aspects that both influence and are influenced by the wellbeing of the residents of Wood Buffalo Region.

photo of conference room in Wood buffaloAbout 140 people attended a 'report-back' event on October 1, 2014 in Fort McMurray. CIW Director, Dr. Bryan Smale, presented results from the Community Wellbeing Survey and a panel of local experts analysed the results and spoke about what can be done to address issues such as child care, accessibility of health care, and work/life balance.

As a result of interest generated by the 'report-back' session, the  CIW was asked to create a third 'technical' report, A Profile of Wood Buffalo Residents Based on their Level of Wellbeing.  Overall, results showed that higher levels of wellbeing were associated with such things as: greater participation in community activities, better health, stronger feelings of time adequacy, and demographic characteristics like higher household income, being partnered, and not having a disability. 

In order to build a trend line of wellbeing data over time, it is hoped that a collaborative of interested organizations in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will engage the CIW to survey a random sample of households every five years.

Chart displaying how wood buffalo compares to other communities

Community Outcomes

Resilient Wood Buffalo: A Guide to Understanding Wellbeing in Wood Buffalo (2015) 

Look into Wood Buffalo Community Wellbeing Survey Process Report (2014). In the spirit of collective impact, this report documents the process for future iterations in Wood Buffalo and for other communities across Canada seeking to conduct a CIW Community Wellbeing Survey.