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 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.
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The cost of goods and services needed to maintain a household plays a significant role in determining a family’s quality of life. These costs include food, housing, clothing, education, health care, and child care. If a family cannot afford these items, the physical and mental health, social well-being, and financial security of the family may deteriorate.
Increases in these costs can impact a family’s ability to support a modest standard of living. If costs rise faster than household income, low- and modest-income families are at greater risk of poverty. Those already living in poverty fall even further behind.
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.