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Someone to count on




Social cohesion and connections


Someone to count on

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

Someone to count on data snapshot
Description - Someone to count on data snapshot

71.2% of the population reported that they often or always have people they can depend on when they really need it.

Someone to count on
  Q3 2021 Q4 2021 Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022 Q4 2022 Q1 2023 Q2 2023
Often or always have people to depend on 75.6% 73.4% 75.5% 76.3% 75.4% 72.1% .. 71.2%
.. Not available for this reference period

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Social Survey, 2021-2023.



Proportion of the population by frequency with which they have people they can depend on to help them when they really need it.


This indicator is measured in the Canadian Social Survey (CSS), the Survey Series on People and their Communities (SSPC), and in the General Social Survey (GSS) - Canadians at Work and Home.

In the CSS and the SSPC, survey respondents are asked:

How often would you say you have people you can depend on to help you when you really need it?

  • Always
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Rarely
  • Never

The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) asks a similar question to determine whether or not respondents have someone they can count on in an emergency:

There are people I can count on in an emergency:

  • Strongly agree
  • Agree
  • Disagree
  • Strongly disagree

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