Community Reports

To help support healthy public policy at the municipal level and empower people to advocate for change that responds to their needs and values, the Association of Ontario Health Cenres has developed a series of community wellbeing reports. The first report in the series assessed Ottawa's quality of life using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). It was followed by a report that measured quality of life in the City of Vaughan using CIW indicators. 

 

Bridging the Gap: Ottawa Community Wellbeing Report

 
On October 7, 2014 the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CHRC) released Bridging the Gap a report card on the wellbeing of Ottawa using the framework of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), one of the world’s leading instruments to measure societal progress. The presentation included a panel discussion with community members moderated by Louisa Taylor, an award-winning journalist formerly with the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star; a keynote presentation by Charles Pascal, former special advisor on early learning for Ontario and the Making Votes Count Where We Live choir. 

The report was launched during Community Health & Wellbeing week as part of the Shift the Conversation initiative, with 111 community health centres and partner organizations across Ontario participating.

 

 


Thoughts from former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin on Bridging the Gap: The Ottawa Community Wellbeing Report 2014



LISTEN


Part 1
Release of "Bridging the Gap" The Ottawa Community Wellbeing Report 2014"
Moderator Louisa Taylor asks questions of four panelists from the Ottawa community on the significance of the Bridging the Gap report and what it means for municipal policy.



Part 2 
Release of "Bridging the Gap" The Ottawa Community Wellbeing Report 2014"
Luc Ouellette, Co-Chair of the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CHRC) introduces the keynote speaker of the event, Charles Pascal.
The presentation is followed by the "Making Votes Count" choir.


READ THE REPORT

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BRIDGING THE GAP
Measuring What Matters: The Ottawa Community Wellbeing Report 2014
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BRIDGING THE GAP
RÉDUIRE LES ÉCARTS
Mesurer ce qui compte : Rapport sur le bien-être communautaire d’Ottawa 2014
(pdf)

Measuring What Matters: Vaughan Community Wellbeing Report

  
On November 3rd, 2015 the Vaughan Community Wellbeing Coalition released Measuring What Matters: the 2015 Vaughan Community Wellbeing Report. The report offers a comprehensive look at the health and wellbeing of Vaughan residents and the factors influencing their quality of life. 

The report’s findings are based on indicators from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), an internationally recognized framework designed to support policy makers in making evidence-based decisions. Vaughan is among the first municipalities in Canada to create a baseline measure of the health and wellbeing of its residents using the CIW’s eight quality of life domains: community vitality, democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards, and time use.

Moderated by Councillor at City of Vaughan and Chair of Vaughan Community Health Centre Tony Carella, the report launch included opening remarks by City of Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, a panel discussion with community members and keynote speakers Charles Pascal, internationally recognized educator and Greg Sorbara, former Ontario Minister of Finance and current Chancellor of York University.
 
ABOUT THE COALITION
The Vaughan Community Wellbeing Coalition, convened in 2014 by the Vaughan Community Health Centre, is made up of community stakeholders that include municipal representatives, as well as a wide range of health and social service agencies that serve the city.

Members of the Vaughan Community Wellbeing Coalition: City of Vaughan, United Way Toronto and York Region, York University, York Region District School Board, Catholic Community Services of York Region, Social Planning Council of York Region, Vaughan Public Libraries, Human Endeavour, Vaughan Community Health Centre
 

READ THE REPORT


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MEASURING WHAT MATTERS:
Vaughan Community Wellbeing
Report 2015
(pdf)

 
 

LISTEN


Part 1: Release of Measuring What Matters: The 2015 Vaughan Community Wellbeing Report
Moderated by Tony Carella, hear:

- opening remarks by City of Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
- a keynote on the CIW by Charles Pascal, professor at OISE at the University of Toronto, who coordinated the development of the CIW when he was executive director of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation
- and a presentation of the report’s main findings by Isabel Araya, Executive Director of Vaughan Community Health Centre




Part 2: Release of Measuring What Matters: The 2015 Vaughan Community Wellbeing Report
In a discussion facilitated by Tony Carella, four panelists address each of the policy recommendations featured in the report. Panelists include: 

-    Dennis Bailey, Executive Director of the York Region Legal Clinic 
-    Jenna Won, Nursing student at York University 
-    Dr. Alan Kaplan, MD, Chair of the Family Physician Airways Group of Canada and Chairperson of the Respiratory Medicine Special Interest Focus Group, College of Family Physicians of Canada 
-    Noor Din, Founder and CEO of Human Endeavour




Part 3: Release of Measuring What Matters: The 2015 Vaughan Community Wellbeing Report
Closing keynote on the importance of the CIW as an alternative measure to GDP by Greg Sorbara, former Ontario Minister of Finance and current Chancellor of York University