Social Well-Being Tracker
Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1
We have organized our social well-being indicators into seven main categories: A - Demographics, B - Income (B - Income, has been separated into four subcategories to handle the complexity and volume of data in this indicator) BA - Income and Income Gaps, BB - Poverty, BC - Cost of Living, BD - Government Transfers, C - Employment and Labour, D - Education and Literacy, E - Built Environment, F - Social Inclusion, G - Health and Health Services.
BCCost of LivingIndicators
The cost of goods and services needed to maintain a household plays a significant role in determining a family’s quality of life. These include food, housing, clothing, education, health care, and child care. Increases in these costs can impact a family’s ability to support a modest standard of living. If costs rise faster than a family’s income, the physical and mental health, social well-being, and financial security of the family may deteriorate.
The greater the number of families who are unable to maintain a modest standard of living, the greater the costs to the government in terms of providing services and income supports.
The cost of living in Edmonton has increased steadily over time but the increase has slowed in recent years. In the past 20 years, the all-items inflation rate has increased by 17.8%. While food costs rose at about twice the rate of inflation in the 2008 to 2015 period, they have risen more slowly since then.