Waterloo Region

CIW Engagement

We were pleased to partner with The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) to conduct a CIW Community Wellbeing Survey in Waterloo Region in 2013.

The initial report, Waterloo Region Community Wellbeing Survey Report 1, present 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 Waterloo Region and that the sex and age distribution matched the profile for Waterloo Region based on the 2011 Census.

The second report, Waterloo Region Community Wellbeing Survey Report 2, provides a more in-depth look at the results of the survey. In discussion with KWCF, two factors were selected as focal lenses for further analysis of the survey results: (1) sense of belonging to local community: weaker sense of belonging, neutral (neither weak nor strong sense of belonging), and stronger sense of belonging; and (2) annual household income: under $40,000 per year, $40,000 to $79,999 per year, $80,000 to $119,000 per year, and $120,000 and greater per year.

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


Community Outcomes

KWCF Vital Signs report releases:

KWCF also commissioned a study on Belonging. The final report, We Can Design Belonging (2014) adds local context to the CIW's Community Vitality Domain and sense of belonging to local community indicator. The report provides lots of recommendations aimed at improving sense of belonging, which in turn, will improve the overall wellbeing of residents. 

Woolwich Community Health Centre (WCHC) used the CIW framework and CIW survey data for Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich townships in their Community Needs and Capacity Assessment Report (2014). The report identifies wellbeing priorities, which will be acted on, not only by WCHC, but by their partners (Community Care Concepts, Woolwich Community Services, and Wilmot Family Resource Centre) as well as other agencies and groups that serve the rural townships.

Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) is using the CIW framework to build a performance dashboard.

Waterloo vital signs infographics