Local Environments Lift Life Satisfaction

Release date: May 3, 2022
Infographic: Local Environments Lift Life Satisfaction
Description: Local Environments Lift Life Satisfaction

Canada’s Quality of Life Framework – Environment Domain

Satisfaction with local environment, life satisfaction and self-rated mental health are indicators in the Quality of Life Framework for Canada. Using data from the Canadian Social Survey, this infographic looks at a high level of satisfaction with the local environment among the population aged 15 years and older in Canada’s 10 provinces.

Two-thirds of Canadians have a high level of satisfaction with their local environment.Note 1


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment (appearing as column headers).
Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment
Age group
15 to 24 years 66%
25 to 34 years 59%
35 to 44 years 66%
45 to 54 years 69%
55 to 64 years 66%
65 to 74 years 73%
75 years and older 72%
Sex
Women 66%
Men 67%

Rural residents (75%) are more satisfied than urban residents (65%).


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Province (appearing as row headers), Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment (appearing as column headers).
Province Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment
Newfoundland and Labrador 75%
Prince Edward Island 76%
Nova Scotia 72%
New Brunswick 64%
Quebec 71%
Ontario 62%
Manitoba 67%
Saskatchewan 75%
Alberta 68%
British Columbia 68%

People with high satisfaction with their local environment tend to say they have high levels of life satisfaction and mental health.Note 2Note 3

Life satisfaction:

  • 64% of those with high satisfaction with the local environment reported high life satisfaction.
  • 54% of the total population reported high life satisfaction.

Mental health:

  • 59% of those with high satisfaction with the local environment said they have excellent or very good mental health.
  • 52% of the total population has excellent or very good mental health.

Outdoor activity participation rates of individuals with high satisfaction in their local environment…


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3. The information is grouped by Activity (appearing as row headers), Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment (appearing as column headers).
Activity Percentage of people with a high level of satisfaction with their local environment
Hiking or backpacking 43%
Wildlife viewing or photography, outside the home 29%
Canoe or kayaking 20%
Tent camping 19%
Fishing 18%
Motor boating or jet skiing 16%
Foraging for food such as berries or mushrooms 15%
Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing 13%
Snowmobiling, ATV, or other off-road vehicle use 12%
Mountain biking 12%

Canadians use nearby greenspaces: in 2019, 9 in 10 Canadian households lived within 10 minutes of a park or public greenspace. Of these households, 85% had visited it in the previous year.Note 4

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Social Survey, Wave 2, August to September 2021, Households and the Environment Survey, 2019.

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