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Prosperity

Opportunities provided by a productive and innovative economy lay the foundation for Canadians' material standard of living.

Affordability of basic goods and services, such as food, housing and utilities, is essential for quality of life, as is confidence in one's financial security in the face of unforeseen events and in retirement. Publicly funded services reduce the cost of living and the risks shouldered by families. The ability to apply education and skills to meaningful work matters not only for the higher standard of living it affords, but also for creating a sense of purpose and pride.

The prosperity domain includes four subdomains and 24 indicators.

Note: Indicators marked with a star icon are headline indicators. Headline indicators are intended to provide a high-level assessment of overall quality of life in Canada.

Income and growth

Employment and job quality

  • Employment headline indicator
  • Labour underutilization
  • Wages
  • Precarious or gig work
  • Job satisfaction

Skills and opportunity

Economic security and deprivation

  • Housing needs headline indicator
  • Poverty headline indicator
  • Protection from income shocks
  • Financial well-being
  • Homelessness
  • Food security
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