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Using the Snapshot
​​​​​​These snapshots summarize some of the key findings found in the detailed Canadian Index of Wellbeing regional reports commissioned by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The reports show that systems are complex and inter-related. These and other resources provide solid evidence to help policy makers, program developers and granting agencies consider community needs and to make focused, impactful, evidence-based decisions.

When developing policy or programs or making community investment decisions, ask yourself:

Which innovations will work best in your region? Can you address multiple areas of need simultaneously? Does your policy or program:

ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

  • ​Broaden access, choice and opportunity for a more active lifestyle?
  • Address work-related stress, time pressure or better sleep?
  • Reduce barriers for the 32% of Ontarians who have a health or activity limitation?
  • Help the 40% of Ontarians who rate their overall health and 30% who rate their mental health as below ‘very good’ or ‘excellent'?

CONNECT PEOPLE

  • Boost participation in political/advocacy groups or organized activities?
  • Reduce isolation, fight discrimination and increase belonging?
  • Enhance voter turnout or support women who pursue elected office?

ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT

  • Address pressing environmental concerns?
  • Lead to responsible use and/or protection of the environment?

SPOTLIGHT ARTS AND LITERACY

  • ​Expand arts and culture opportunities?
  • Encourage volunteering in arts and culture?
  • Support library programs or Culture Days?
  • Boost early learning and literacy?
  • Increase the availability and affordability of quality children’s programs?

LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

  • ​Create additional high quality child care options?
  • Make a difference to reduce economic hardship like food or housing insecurity, low incomes or job security?
  • Provide job help or skills programs?​​

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