The Canadian Index of Wellbeing and the Contribution of the Leisure and Culture Domain to the Quality of Life


Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Bryan J.A. Smale
The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) provides unique insights into the quality of life of Canadians and the communities in which they live both overall and in eight specific domains that matter to wellbeing: our standard of living, the quality of our environment, our health, our education, the way we use our time, the vitality of our communities, our participation in the democratic process, and notably, our leisure and culture. Unlike GDP, which only measures economic progress, the CIW is designed to measure and compare wellbeing across a wide spectrum of life domains and for a variety of geographic areas and subgroups within the population. The CIW can assist in the development of social policies that ensure Canadians have equal access to leisure opportunities and experiences that enrich and contribute to their health and wellbeing.

Presentation from the 2013 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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