Recommended Quality of Life Links
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” (Chief Seattle)
People depend on nature for many things. A stable climate. Clean air. Fresh water. Abundant food. Cultural resources. And the incalculable additional benefits the world’s biodiversity provides. Conservation International (CI) works to ensure a healthy and productive planet for us all. Yet economic and infrastructure development, which are so necessary for human well-being, can also have serious impacts on nature. That is why CI is working at every level – from remote villages to the offices of presidents and premiers – to help move whole societies toward a smarter development path.
The Atlas of Canada: Quality of Life
‘Quality of life’ is a term used to measure well-being. Well-being describes how well people feel about their environment, and collectively these feelings can be thought of as quality of life. To assess quality of life, indicators are used to represent the most important aspects of a person’s life (called domains), which include, for example, housing, education, employment and household finances. Indicators are used to measure complex phenomena (such as quality of life) and can only provide us with an indication of the actual quality of life. The individual indicators (and their domains) were categorized into three broad groups called the social environment, economic environment and physical environment. The indicator data were compiled, transformed and analyzed to generate three quality of life maps for each environment, and then combined in a fourth map to show the overall quality of life. A fifth map, prepared in partnership with the Canadian Policy Research Networks’ Quality of Life Indicators Project, shows various national indicators of quality of life.
The Conference Board of Canada
This website on How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada assesses Canada’s quality of life compared with that of its peer countries. We publish an overall report card as well as individual ones that measure performances in six categories: Economy, Innovation, Environment, Education and Skills, Health, and Society. We release the report cards for each category individually throughout the year.
Canada ranks 10th among 16 comparator countries and earns a “B” grade in the Health report card. Canada outshines the United States, the worst performer this year, but still trails the global leaders in the overall health of its population.