Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index

Active Project? Yes
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Last Updated: Nov 29 2023
Project Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada)
State / Province:
Nova Scotia
Lead Organization:
Engage Nova Scotia
Type of Organization:
Nonprofit - Community-based

Geographic Scope


Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Land Use, Poverty, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Food, Gender


The Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index – modeled on the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) – assembles 21 years of data for 60 of the 64 original indicators in eight domains of quality of life to offer a high-level view of how Nova Scotians are really doing. It identifies trends and compares them to results for Canada overall. It explores strengths and challenges within each domain.

In September 2017, Engage Nova Scotia and the CIW consulted with more than 60 Nova Scotians during workshops at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and the Membertou Convention Centre in Sydney. Spanning the fields of academia, business, not-for-profits, community development, social enterprise, health care, municipal and provincial government, economics and the media, participants explored the CIW framework and scrutinized trends in Nova Scotia over the 20 year period between 1994 and 2014. They provided local context, identified themes, described important relationships between domains and discussed what adopting the CIW’s Quality of Life framework for the province could mean for the future.



Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW)

Project URL

Indicator Domains

Education, Living Standards, Healthy Populations, Time Use, Democratic Engagement, Environment, Community Vitality, Leisure and Culture

Reporting Format

Annual Report

Other Partners

City County, United Way, College/University Public Health Dept.

Project Contact:

- Educational Organization

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