SPHERU director contributes to new Canadian Wellbeing report

November 22, 2016

SPHERU director Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine contributed to policy recommendations made in the 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) National Report that was released Tuesday, Nov. 22. 

Dr. Muhajarine was one of a select number of people invited to a policy workshop held by the CIW in September at the University of Waterloo.

The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report compared the growth of the GDP and the wellbeing of Canadians during the past 21 years. According to the report, the GDP has grown by 38 per cent, while Canadian wellbeing has grown by only 9.9 per cent. That leaves a 28 per cent gap between how the economy is doing and how Canadians are faring in areas that matter to them. 

Findings included:

“A central theme that emerged from the discussions was inequality, not just in income, but in health, in access to community resources, and in opportunities for leisure and culture. In response, the group recommended policy directions that considered the impact on multiple domains of wellbeing – an innovative and integrated approach to policy that would create multiple benefits for Canadians and reaffirm their core values,” the 2016 CIW report states.

The report makes specific recommendations for policy on different aspects of Canadian lives such as:

For more recommendations and findings, or to read more about the third national CIW Canadian Wellbeing Report, visit www.ciw.ca

Dr. Muhajarine also appeared on Global Saskatoon to speak more on the release of the report and the policy recommendations.




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