Wellbeing Index

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Engage Nova Scotia has retained the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (operating out of the University of Waterloo) to conduct a comprehensive, two-phase research project to inspire evidence-based ideas for positive change and act as a collaborative foundation for activating them.

Phase 1 is the release of a Nova Scotia Index of Wellbeing in the fall of 2017. This report will identify trends in our wellbeing over the twenty year period from 1994 to 2014 using data from Statistics Canada and other reliable sources, and compare them to the Canadian average. It will be preceded by a Policy Workshop, hosted in Halifax, where experts from across the province will identify report highlights and recommended action to address those priorities.

Phase 2 entails the gathering of original public opinion data about Nova Scotians’ lived experiences of those eight domains of wellbeing. Results will be accessible at a regional, and even sub-regional level – providing Nova Scotians with a valuable supply of open source data that can guide local decision-making across the province for years to come.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) framework is based on eight domains that – through research – Canadians have identified as the most critical to our overall wellbeing, i.e. community vitality, healthy populations, democratic engagement, the environment, leisure and culture, education, living standards and time use.  

This approach will enable us to gather comprehensive, linked information about what Nova Scotians value. That data can be used to engage cross-sectoral groups in discussions that translate that information into action and impact. Together, the occasion and results of this research provide a common language and space where Nova Scotians and residents of HRM can celebrate successes and tackle gaps in policy and programs in order to adapt to the future.


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