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Life satisfaction


Life satisfaction

Note: This indicator is a headline indicator. Headline indicators are intended to provide a high-level assessment of overall quality of life in Canada.

Life satisfaction data snapshot
Description - Life satisfaction data snapshot

45.8% of the population reported high life satisfaction (score of 8, 9 or 10).

Life satisfaction
  Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022 Q4 2022
High life satisfaction (score of 8, 9 or 10) 51.7% 51.4% 55.4% 45.8%

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Social Survey (Waves 4, 5, 6 and 7), 2022.


Proportion of the population by level of satisfaction with their life as a whole at the time of the survey.


This indicator is measured in a number of Statistics Canada surveys, including selected iterations of the Canadian Social Survey (CSS), the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), General Social Survey (GSS) - Social Identity and others. Survey respondents are asked:

Using a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 means "Very dissatisfied" and 10 means "Very satisfied", how do you feel about your life as a whole right now?

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Life satisfaction is considered a personal or subjective well-being measure. Such measures take into account what matters to people by allowing them to decide what is important to them as they respond to survey questions. More information on life satisfaction as an indicator of subjective well-being is available in the report Moving Forward on Well-being (Quality of Life) Measures in Canada (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series, July 12, 2021).

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