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Reports and Research

Council Report - June 19th, 2017

- Appendix A

- Appendix B

Media Release - September 8th, 2017

To develop a plan that is has concrete actions and success is able to be demonstrated meant that a comprehensive set of measures and indicators would be required. A variety of methodologies were investigated as possibilities.  The Canadian Index of Wellbeing, developed at the University of Waterloo, and used across Canada at federal, provincial and municipal levels has been selected as the tool to support Peterborough’s Community Wellbeing Plan. The Canadian Index of Wellbeing is based on 8 domains or areas as follows:

Community Vitality - what is happening in our neighbourhoods, how safe we feel, and whether or not we are engaged in community activities or becoming socially isolated

Democratic Engagement - citizens freely participate in political activities, express their political views, and share political knowledge; where governments build relationships, trust, and encourage citizen participation; and, where democratic values are promoted by citizens, civic organizations, and all levels of government

Education - focuses on school-based learning and education rather than informal learning. Societies that thrive encourage a thirst for knowledge at every age and stage, so includes both traditional indicators of educational achievement along with some less conventional indicators of education across the life span.

Environment - explores natural assets available to Canadians, the flow of these resources over time, and some of the impacts of human activity on the environment.

Healthy Population – assess whether different aspects of our health are improving or deteriorating.

Leisure and Culture - participation and engagement with the arts, culture, and recreation. Participation in these activities can be highly beneficial to wellbeing by contributing to better physical and mental health, and creating opportunities for socializing, relaxation, and learning new things.

Living Standards - the level and distribution of Canadians’ income and wealth by monitoring poverty rates, income fluctuations, labour market security and job quality.  It also considers basic necessities such as food security and affordable housing.

Time Use - how Canadians spend their time, how we experience time, what factors control our time use, and how time use affects our wellbeing.

 A visual representation of the 8 domains of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing.

Each domain has 8 indicators. The domains and indicators are based on Canadian values related to the quality of life. Together these indicators with local data will help determine the areas for municipal priorities and measure over time the success of achieving the priority actions.