News archive - 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pursuit of economic growth leaving millions of Canadians behind (Toronto Star)

Edvard Munch's "The Sun" at the AGO's Mystic Landscapes exhibition

The results of the latest Canadian Index of Wellbeing shows the 2008 recession stole our living standards, our leisure and volunteer time, even our sleep — and we never got them back.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians' wellbeing lagging far behind economic recovery, new report shows (MarketWired)

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Although Canada's economy has recovered from the 2008 recession, our wellbeing has not, according to a new report from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Opinion: Gap between GDP and wellbeing should threaten Canada’s complacency (Vancouver Sun)

By Charles Ungerleider​

Complacency about social conditions in Canada may lead some Canadians to believe that this country is immune to the factors — anger, disfranchisement, poor quality of life — that contributed to the recent election of Donald Trump, but they would be wrong. There is a growing gap between what Canadians care about — their health, living standards, leisure time, education, and the quality of the environment — and Canada’s gross domestic product. Ignoring that gap risks a reaction similar to the one evident during the U.S. campaign.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canadians’ quality of life lags economic growth, index shows (Globe and Mail)

person running outside in the sun

By Tavia Grant


Canada’s economy is still growing, for the most part, but for many citizens, that’s not translating into feeling much better off.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A measure of happiness: Canada’s well-being index could be just what Hong Kong needs (South China Morning Post)

a measure of happiness - a graphic of a man measuring a smile

Susan Elliott and Paul Yip say Hong Kong has achieved high GDP with low unemployment, but our well-being in such a competitive society has been neglected. A Canadian initiative may show the way

By Paul Yip and Susan Elliott

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