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

BCCost of Living

BC2Average Weekly Cost of a Nutritious Food Basket, Family of FourEdmonton CMA

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Cost of LivingThe 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.

  • Those with low and modest incomes spend a larger portion of their income on nutritious food.
  • Food is a major cost for everyone, but those with low and modest incomes must spend a larger portion of their income on nutritious food.
  • In 2019, the average cost of a nutritious food basket for a family of four in Edmonton was $242.83
  • Since 2002, the average weekly cost of a nutritious food basket for a family for four increased by $110.73, an increase of 83.8%

BC1. Consumer Price Index

  • Statistics Canada. Table 18-10-0005-01 Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted

BC2. Nutritious Food Basket

BC3. Living Wage

(1) Raphael, D. (2004). Introduction to the social determinants of health. In D. Raphael (ed.) Social Determinates of Health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press Inc.

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