2013 - 2014 Life Satisfaction Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on self-reported life satisfaction among residents aged 12 and over in Halton Region and Ontario.

Background

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” The WHO constitution emphasizes positive mental health in their definition of health stating “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Life satisfaction is a key indicator of positive mental health that measures how favourably people evaluate their life as a whole. For more information on programs and resources supporting positive mental health in Halton, visit Halton Region’s Mental Health webpage.

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

Key Findings

Overall Findings

  • In 2013/14, 44% of Halton residents aged 12 and over reported feeling very satisfied with life as a whole, 50% satisfied, 5% neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and 2% dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.
  • When compared to Ontario, Halton had a significantly higher percentage of residents who reported feeling very satisfied with life as a whole.
  • In 2013/14, 93% of Halton residents aged 12 and over reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole. There were no statistically significant changes over time in Halton Region or Ontario from 2003 to 2013/14.
  • The percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole was generally higher than the percentage of Ontario residents. These differences were statistically significant in 2003, 2009/10 and 2011/12.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by sex in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole.

Age

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole.

Income

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole increased as income increased. This difference was statistically significant when comparing residents in the lowest income group to residents in the highest income group.

Education

  • In 2013/14, there was no statistically significant difference by education in the percentage of Halton residents who reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with life as a whole.