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Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)

Project ID: 603
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Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/18/17
Project LocationWaterloo, Ontario, Canada
Lead OrganizationCanadian Index of Wellbeing
Type of OrganizationNonprofit - National

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Municipality, County, State/Province, National

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Other, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Volunteerism


Project Description

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) regularly reports on the quality of life of Canadians – nationally, provincially, and locally – and advocates for social change that reflects our values and places wellbeing at the heart of policy. The CIW is a conceptual framework drawing on a broad spectrum of domains of life that has the potential to create an ongoing national dialogue that will influence how Canadians think, feel, and act with regard to their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their communities. And, it is a tool that is measuring what matters to Canadians by tracking wellbeing from year to year.

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Awards and Recognitions: Community Indicators Consortium (2013) - Impact Award Parks and Recreation Ontario (2012) - President's Award of Distinction

Achievements: The CIW is providing unique insights – overall, and in specific areas that matter: our standard of living, our health, the quality of our environment, our education and skill levels, the way we use our time, the vitality of our communities, our participation in the democratic process, and the state of our leisure and culture. The CIW provides information that policy shapers, decision makers, media, community organizations and the person on the street are able to use to get the latest trend information to make informed decisions on creating access to the programs and supports that enable all Canadians to share in the highest wellbeing status.

Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Bryan Smale
Canadian Index of Wellbeing, University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

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