Vaughan among first municipalities to measure quality of life using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)
TORONTO, November 3, 2015 – A report on quality of life in Vaughan, released today by a coalition of community stakeholders, reveals the fast-growing municipality has many strengths to build on but must also address important issues to ensure sustainable growth and optimal wellbeing.
The Vaughan Community Wellbeing Coalition, convened by the Vaughan Community Health Centre, prepared the report using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), a comprehensive measurement framework that tracks wellbeing with respect to eight quality of life domains.
The report is called Measuring What Matters and draws data from a wide range of sources. It shows that in Vaughan the average income is higher than the provincial average and the majority of residents have a post-secondary education. However, analysis of the data also reveals Vaughan has pockets of hidden poverty as people struggle with low wages and precarious employment. This is compounded by rising house prices and the need for more affordable rental units.