The Community Well-Being (CWB) Index

The Community Well-Being (CWB) index is a means of examining the well-being of individual Canadian communities. Various indicators of socio-economic well-being, including education, labour force activity, income and housing are combined to give each community a well-being "score". These scores are used to compare well-being across First Nations and Inuit communities with well-being in non-Aboriginal communities over time.

AANDC researchers calculated the 2011 Community Well-Being index using data from the 2011 National Household Survey. These data were made available to AANDC and other external researchers in February 2014, through Statistics Canada's national network of Research Data Centers.

AANDC researchers have calculated the CWB Index for 1981, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. The data files for each of these CWB years are available in machine-readable format. Information for using each of the CWB Databases is available in the corresponding CWB Data Dictionary file.

Supplementary information for using each of the CWB data bases are also available:

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