Despite being wealthier and healthier, Canadians just aren't having as much fun as they used to, according to research on people's wellbeing.
The data comes from the Faculty of Applied Health Science at the University of Waterloo and was produced by the Canadian Index of Well-being Network.
The organization - headed by former Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) Premier Roy Romanow - says this newly designed index will complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measurements, which exclusively reflect economic growth.
By the measure of a sophisticated new yardstick to be released Thursday, Canadian prosperity is poorly shared, our workers are run ragged, and we generally "are not having as much fun" as we once did.
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), a dozen years in the making, is intended to do what standard economic tools such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP) cannot — namely, to measure not just the economy, but how people and communities, the environment and our democracy are faring.