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The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) tracks changes in eight quality of life categories or "domains" including community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards, and time use.

Click on the domain headings on the left navigation menu to access more detailed information about each domain.

Trends in the Eight Domains of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing from 1994 to 2010

Graph represents change over time between 1994 and 2010 for eight domains of wellbeing. GDP increase of 28.9% and CIW increase of 5.7%.

In order to extend the discussion into a particular area of concern, the CIW is able to track, over the same time period, which domains of wellbeing have fared better or worse. At the October 2012 release of results, CIW Advisory Board Co-Chair, the Honourable Roy J. Romanow, pointed out that

the findings uncover some troubling truths about the connection between our economy and our wellbeing. When Canada's economy was thriving, Canadians saw only modest improvements in their overall quality of life, but when the economy faltered, our wellbeing took a disproportionate step backward. It begs the question: Are our governments truly responding to the needs and values of everyday Canadians?"

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