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Indicators of Well-being in Canada

Well-being Home

Indicators of Well-being in Canada gathers data from different sources and presents a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the well-being of Canadians and Canadian society. It also shows how this picture may be changing over time. Whether you are a student, a researcher, a community volunteer, a public servant, or someone who is simply interested in knowing about this country, there is information here for you.

You will find a wide range of indicators, or statistical measures, that show how things are going for Canadians. For example, there are  data on how many hours we work each week, our education levels compared with the levels in other countries, the affordability of housing, and much more.

This website presents one approach to measuring individual and societal well-being. Over time and with the input of users and interested parties, we hope to further develop the range and depth of Areas on the website.

Areas of Well-being — Overviews

Select any of the following for an overview of an area of well-being and its Indicators:

Work < Select an Area of Well-being Housing < Select an Area of Well-being Family Life < Select an Area of Well-being Social Participation < Select an Area of Well-being Leisure < Select an Area of Well-being Health < Select an Area of Well-being Security < Select an Area of Well-being Environment < Select an Area of Well-being Financial Security < Select an Area of Well-being Learning < Select an Area of Well-being

Areas of Well-being

Other Features 

To know more about well-being in Canada, you will find Special Reports on topics related to well-being.

Through Custom Charts (available for some Areas), you can select and display additional data by year or by region.

Canadians in Context provides information on some general trends in Canada, such as changes in the size and diversity of our population.

If you would like to work directly with the underlying data, you can download the data for any Area from an Area page, or for a group of Areas from the Overview page for an area of well-being. The data are available in Excel format and in tab-delimited text format.


What's New

The following indicators have been updated with the latest data: Adult Literacy, Adult Numeracy, Student Literacy, Student Numeracy, Homeless Shelthers and Beds, People with Disabilities, Self-rated Health, Self-rated Mental Health, and Crime Rates.

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