The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) National Report tracks Indicators from 1994 to 2014, across 8 Domains that align with the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.  The CIW includes community belonging indicators in the Community Vitality, Time Use, and Leisure and Culture Domains.  

Sixty-seven per cent of Canadians express a strong sense of community belonging.  Since the 2008 recession, slightly more people report having 5 or more friends. In 2014, 54.7% of people believe most or many people can be trusted, up from 47.7% in 2008. The CIW report notes these numbers have room to grow.  

Compared to 20 years ago, we spend 45 fewer minutes a day socializing with others, and the average amount of time we spend with friends has dropped by 28.2%.  

Canadians have reduced the amount of time they spend volunteering for culture and recreation organizations by almost 30% since 1998.  

Across Canada, voter turnout is increasing, with the gap between older and younger voters narrowing slightly.  While numbers are relatively low, more people are volunteering for political and advocacy groups, and more women are serving as Members of Parliament.

Source:  2016 CIW (Canadian Index of Wellbeing) National Report: How are Canadians Really Doing?
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Global Age-Watch 2015 provides a global picture of how well countries are doing to support the wellbeing of their aging populations. Domains include income security; health status; capability (employment, education, empowerment); and enabling societies and environment.  

Canada’s report card statistics include:

  • Ranks 5th in the world, in the top 10 in all four domains
  • Life expectancy at 60 is 25 years (how many more years a 60-year-old can expect to live; healthy life expectancy at 60 is defined as 18.3 years)
  • 97% of people over age 65 are receiving a pension
  • 8 million people (22.3% of the Canadian population) are over 60; expected to be 32.5% in the year 2050

Source: Global AgeWage Index 2015
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