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Indicators of Well-being in Canada

Definition — Well-being

In the context of the Indicators of Well-being in Canada website, well-being refers to quality of life and development at both the individual and societal level. 

See the About this Site section for a general description of the well-being framework. 

Individual well-being
is defined as a person's quality of life. This is influenced by a range of factors, including work, family, community, health, personal values, personal freedom, and a person's financial situation. 
Societal well-being
refers to both the collective well-being of individuals and the quality of interactions between and among individuals and social institutions (e.g., communities, the labour market, the health care system, the education system and the social security system).


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