How are Canadians Really Doing? The 2012 CIW Report
The Canadian Index of Well-being (CIW) provides a measure of our quality of life that assesses those things that matter to Canadians beyond the economy. It draws on a deep well of data, primarily from Statistics Canada, and tracks 64 separate headline indicators within eight interconnected quality of life categories (or domains) central to the lives of Canadians: Community Vitality, Democratic Engagement, Education, Environment, Healthy Populations, Leisure and Culture, Living Standards, and Time Use. The findings uncover some troubling truths about the connection between our well being and the economy, and beg the question: Are our governments truly responding to the needs and values of everyday Canadians?