About this project

How would you measure wellbeing? We want to hear your thoughts on measuring what matters and defining what a high quality of life looks like in Yukon.

We are partnering with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing to take a deep look into the factors that contribute to wellbeing in Yukon. This approach provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the drivers of wellbeing in people's lives using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing model and its eight domains: community vitality, democratic engagement, education, the environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards and time use. 

How can I get involved?

As of June 30, 2019  the first engagement phase of this project has concluded. Please check back here for more updates, or contact us at ecoinfo@gov.yk.ca. 




(Event concluded) Design studio workshop                                                                                                                                        

We held our design studio workshop on May 14 in Whitehorse.                                                                                                                                                                      

Local governments,      community and volunteer
organizations, and non-governmental organizations                   

(Concluded) Participate in an online discussion with Yukoners

Create an online account to share your
thoughts on the questions we've asked Yukoners. Discussion board will be live until June 30. 

Join the discussion on Civicly.


Contact us directly 

Want to share your thoughts with us directly?

Email your feedback to ecoinfo@gov.yk.ca. 


We will launch a community wellbeing survey in winter 2020. The data generated by this survey will provide baseline information on a comprehensive set of factors that reflect residents' wellbeing and create opportunities for understanding inequities - who is doing well and who might be falling behind. This work is all about asking and answering the questions "How are Yukoners really doing?" and "How can we do better?"

What is the Canadian Index of Wellbeing?

We use economic indicators (such as gross domestic product, or GDP) to track Canada’s progress over time. A purely economic lens does not capture how well we are really doing in our lives. Are communities in Canada thriving? Is the economy growing at the cost of the environment, our health and education? We need measures in Yukon that go beyond GDP and speak more to what truly creates the quality of life all Yukoners deserve.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing presents a more complete picture of the things that matter to Canadians. It monitors 64 indicators from eight domains that are central to our everyday lives – community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards and time use.

Why are we committed to using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing?

Yukoners' quality of life and wellbeing is the Government of Yukon’s priority. We want to apply the Canadian Index of Wellbeing in a way that resonates with Yukoners’ values and priorities, to provide a measure of the territory’s social, economic and environmental conditions.

Why is this beneficial to Yukoners?

Using a set of shared indicators allows us to collect meaningful data that can be compared nationally and by jurisdiction. Data is another way to tell a story and help paint a portrait of progress, highlighting areas where we have had positive impacts and also areas where we still have work to do.

The indicators and results will be open to all governments, organizations and citizens so that we can continuously work to improving our quality of life and wellbeing together.

We need your help

Customizing the Canadian Index of Wellbeing for Yukon must be a collaborative process involving all Yukoners, First Nations, local government leaders, community groups and organizations. 

Of the 64 indicators that are used in the Canadian Index of Wellbeing national model, we have data for Yukon to populate approximately 30. To close the gap on the remaining indicators and ensure the tool is grounded in Yukoners’ values and preferences, we are seeking your input to verify and affirm existing indicators while leaving space for identifying and including new progress measures that matter to you.

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