Northerners older, unhealthier, happier: study – The Chronicle Journal

December 15, 2016

Northerners are older, have poorer health and are less educated compared to those living in the rest of the province, but remain an active and contented bunch, according to a study gauging the “well-being” of Ontarians.

“Despite all of these challenges, a majority of residents in the North (86.7 per cent) report being satisfied with their lives overall,” says the report by the little-known Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) think-tank.

Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs, who hadn’t had a chance to review the report on Wednesday, nevertheless concurred with its basic conclusion: “All I can say is we have it pretty good in Thunder Bay,” said Hobbs, who was travelling.

Based at the University of Waterloo in southern Ontario, the CIW was created in 2011 to get a sense of how Canadians have been fairing since the 2008 recession.

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