The Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS) finds that more than 90 per cent of surveyed Canadians state they are either satisfied or very satisfied with their lives. Using data from Statistics Canada for the period between 2003 to 2011, analysts at the CSLS found that Canadians have essentially remained at that same level of happiness for the entire period. In fact, according to the most recent Gallup World Poll, Canada is the second happiest country in the world, taking a back seat to Denmark for first place.
Within Canada, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Newfoundland/Labrador enjoyed the highest levels of happiness. Ontario had the second lowest level, just ahead of Nunavat.
The executive director of the CSLS attributes Canada’s overall standard of living and levels of income, and our national health care system as important factors in this happy state of affairs.
You can read the CBC News article, “Canadians a satisfied bunch, study finds” or go to the CBC website for more details. You can also go to the Statistics Canada website to see the specific table and data on Life Satisfaction results.