Quality of Life Reporting System
This report explores the fundamental role housing and transportation play in meeting the needs of our aging population and highlights how municipalities are leading the way in developing solutions. It also examines what the federal government must do to work with cities and communities to address this dramatic demographic shift to meet the housing needs-and ensure quality of life-for all Canadians. It is the second in a two-part series on Canada's aging population and the municipal role.
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Canadian municipalities recognize the opportunities and challenges presented by a rapidly aging society. They are working to remove social and physical barriers and are adapting local economies accordingly.
Data from 27 municipalities and urban regions show household income failing to keep up with home-ownership costs, which have risen three times faster than income since 2005. At the same time, the number of rental units has declined and the cost of renting in these communities has risen by more than 20% since 2000.
This series of reports on quality of life in Canadian communities is prepared by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in partnership with the Canadian Council on Social Development, using information from a variety of national and municipal data sources. The statistics used are components of a larger reporting system containing hundreds of variables that measure changes in social, economic and environmental factors. Taken together, these data form the FCM Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS).
The QOLRS reports and data are available at municipaldata.ca, FCM's online municipal data platform.