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The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) at the University of Waterloo analyzes how well people in Canada, in their provinces, and in their communities are really doing in the areas of their lives that matter the most.

The 2014 report entitled, How Are Ontarians Really Doing? reveals that over a 17-year period from 1994 to 2010, GDP in Ontario has grown almost four times more than our overall wellbeing.

"One of the goals of the CIW is to spark political dialogue and action," said Dr. Bryan Smale, Director of the CIW. "The findings and recommendations are meant to help shape a vision for a better society regardless of political affiliation."

Measuring wellbeing consistently and comprehensively over time can help governments to develop and improve policies, companies to improve productivity, organizations to innovate, and people across Canada to live more satisfying lives.

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Pamela Smyth, University of Waterloo, (519) 888-4777 or


About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit

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