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Population (In Millions) 34.75
Human Development Index 11/187
Gross Domestic Product (In USD Billions - World Bank) 1,832.72
Global Peace Index 8/162
Happy Planet Index 65/151
Social Institutions and Gender Index /86
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Main Progress Initiatives

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) is a new way of measuring wellbeing. It provides unique insights into the quality of life of Canadians – overall, and in specific areas that matter: living standards, health, environment, education, time use, community vitality, democratic engagement, and leisure and culture. The CIW is based on the understanding that a true measure of national wellbeing must link the economic, health, social, cultural, and environmental realities of Canada. By doing so, it can go beyond conventional silos and connect the dots among the many factors that shape quality of life. By the end of 2010, the CIW will issue its first composite index – with a single number that moves up or down like the TSX or Dow Jones Industrial -- giving a quick snapshot of whether the overall quality of life of Canadians is getting better or worse. The CIW will be a tool to stimulate discussion about the types of policies, programs, and activities that can move Canada towards achieving a higher state of wellbeing.

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The Canadian Council on Learning

The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) is a national, independent, and non-profit corporation that is committed to improving learning across the country and across all walks of life.

The Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network(CSIN)

The Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network(CSIN) is a network that look at best pracitce for sustainable development indicators in Canada. See CSIN upcoming conference

The Environment and Sustainable Development Indicators Initiative

The Environment and Sustainable Development Indicators Initiative of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, uses indicators to track Canada's current economic activities in regards to threats to the way of life for future generations. The six indicators measure air quality, freshwater quality, greenhouse gas emissions, forests, wetlands and human captial measured by education.

The Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada

The Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada seeks to meausure sustainable economic progress through indicators in the categories of time use, living standards, natural captial, human impact on the environment, and human and social captial.

Ron Colman (Executive Director) talks about the Genuine Progress Index


The Index of Economic Wellbeing

The Index of Economic Wellbeing  was established by the Centre for the study of Living Standards, goes beyond GDP to look at four different areas: effective per capita consumption flows, net societal accumulation of stocks of productive resources; income distribution and economic security. Data is also available for OECD countries.

The British Columbia Atlas of Wellness

The British Columbia Atlas of Wellness, 2007, Leslie T. Foster and C. Peter Keller, University of Victoria, Canada. This Atlas uses over 120 different indicators to measure wellness in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Over 270 maps are provided related to wellness behaviours and conditions in the province. Benchmark regions which rate the best in certain behaviours (eg non smoking behaviours and environments; physical activity; healthy weights; health pregnacies and out comes) are identified. Many mapped indicators show differences by age and gender as well as region.

The Early Development Instrument

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a measure of progress in children's early development. The EDI was developed by Magdalena Janus and Dan Offord and released in 2000. It assesses community outcomes in child development in respect to health, learning, and behaviour.This allows to integrate child development outcomes with other sources of data about children, families and communities which influence policy design. You can find maps of EDI results here. See also: Early Development Index

The Live Green Toronto

Live Green Toronto was designed to help neighbourhoods and citizens reduce climate change impacts at the local level. Active participation, through a series of networking, educational, and funding opportunities for social and infrastructural projects, provide the means to achieve the program’s objectives. The foundation of Live Green Toronto is built on the range of institutional partnerships and person-to-person support offered by a group of what the City of Toronto calls ‘community animators,‘ and the Live Green Toronto volunteers.

Read more on : Live Green Toronto

Official Statistics

Video on the importance of statistics


Video was made in celebration of World Statistics Day 2010

Canada (French)

Statistics Canada ( l’Agence nationale des statistiques du Canada) joue un rôle crucial dans la collecte, la mise en œuvre, et l’analyse de données qui servent d’ instrument au travail de recherche des instituts créant des indicateurs composites de bien-être et de progrès sociétal, elle produit des rapports et des publications qui éclairent d’ importantes questions sociétales, environnementales, et socio-économiques.

Le Conseil du Trésor du Canada élabore et propose un rapport annuel au Parlement intitulés « Les performances du Canada ». Ce rapport fournit un point de vue de l’ensemble du gouvernement depuis lequel considérer les résultats, ainsi que les ressources de chaque département fédéral ainsi que des agences. Le rapport 2006-2007 constitue le septième rapport présenté devant le Parlement.

Le Conseil du Trésor du Canada , un organisme canadien non-lucratif, produisait jusqu’en 2006 un Rapport annuel, intitulé « Performance et Potentiel », qui comparait le Canada à d’autres pays de l’OCDE sur la base de 110 indicateurs. Il évalue les progrès depuis la moitié des années 1990 et examine les tendances mondiales. L’une des dernières publications mises à jour concernant la mesure des progrès est « Rapport 2007 du Projet de Progrès du Canada : Les Pistes inexploitées », en avril 2008. Le Gouvernement du Canada a demandé une table ronde nationale concernant l’environnement et l’économie (NRTEE) afin de mettre en œuvre des recommandations pour un ensemble d’ indicateurs de développement durable environnemental . Le premier rapport a été publié dans le Statistics Canada Daily le 14 décembre 2005.

L’un des plus connus programmes d’indicateurs nationaux en dehors du gouvernement est l’Indice de Bien-être des collectivités (IBC) qui a été initié par Fondation de charité Atkinson et le GPI Atlantic, afin de mettre en œuvre des mesures en vue de contrôler le bien-être canadien de façon permanente, et d’ évaluer la durabilité du bien-être sociétal . L’IBC comprend sept critères : niveaux de vie, population saine, répartition du temps : équilibre, éco- systèmes de santé , éducation de la population , vitalité communautaire, engagement civique : gouvernance ; Sa première publication a eu lieu à l’automne 2006. Le nouvel indice comprend la réalité économique du Canada avec des informations concernant les conditions sociales, sanitaires et environnementales.

« Reality Check : Le Journal canadien du Bien-être » est un bulletin d’ informations co- produit par la Fondation de charité Atkinson et GOI Atlantic. GPI Atlantic est un organisme non- lucratif de recherche et d’éducation , qui est à l’origine de la création de l’Indice de progrès véritable pour la petite province de Nouvelle-Ecosse. Onze éditions ont été publiées depuis 2001, chacune abordant un thème en rapport avec le bien-être et le développement durable.

Happiness in Canada

This is an overview of findings on Happiness in Canada.The available findings are presented in the latest ‘Nation Report’ on Canada [1]. This report is ordered by type of happiness questions and within these types by year. This ordering is to facilitate the assessment of progress, comparison over time being most fruitful using the same questions.
The report presents means and standard deviations, both on the original scale range and transformed to a common range 0-10. The means inform about the level of happiness in the country and the standard deviations about inequality of happiness. Links provide more detail about the precise text of the question, the full distribution of responses and technical details of the survey. The report is continuously updated.

Progress Papers and Publications

Foundations supporting progress initiatives

External Links

The Canada Project Progress Report 2007: The Roads Not Travelled

The Canadian Index of Well-Being

Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada / Indice de progrès véritable – Atlantique

Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada NEWSLETTER #10

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