2013 - 2014 Community Belonging Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on the sense of community belonging among residents aged 12 and over in Halton Region and Ontario

Background

A community belonging is the “degree to which an individual is, or perceives to be, connected to their community”. A sense of community belonging has been linked to improved physical and mental health. Lack of social engagement can be detrimental to health and therefore it is important to continue to improve feelings of community belonging as an upstream approach to assist in preventing illness and promoting health.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

Overall Findings

  • In 2013/14, 22% of Halton residents aged 12 and over reported a very strong sense of community belonging, 46% a somewhat strong sense, 24% somewhat weak and 8% very weak.
  • There were no statistically significant differences between Halton and Ontario residents who reported their sense of community belonging.
  • In 2013/14, 68% of Halton residents reported a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging. There were no statistically significant changes over time in Halton Region from 2003 to 2013/14.
  • From 2003 to 2013/14, the percentage of Ontario residents who reported a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging increased from 60% to 68%. This increase was statistically significant.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents who reported a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging.

Age

  • In 2013/14, with the exception of the 12-17 age group, sense of community belonging in Halton increased as age increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing ages 18-24 and 25-44 with ages 45-64 and 65+.
  • Halton youth aged 12-17 were most likely to report a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging. These differences were statistically significant when comparing ages 12-17 to ages 18-24 and 25-44.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, residents in Oakville were more likely than residents in Milton and Halton Hills to report a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging. However, these differences were not statistically significant.

Income

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton residents who reported a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging.

Education

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents who reported a very or somewhat strong sense of community belonging.