Sense of Community Belonging
Area of Focus: Thriving
Population Reporting a Very or Somewhat Strong Sense of Community Belonging, Peel and Ontario, 2000/2001 - 2013/2014
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey Share File, 2000/2001, 2003, 2005, 2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2011/2012, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Why is this important?
- The Region of Peel is a very diverse place with people who vary in age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, ethnicity, faith, race, and culture.
- Everyone in Peel can help create an inclusive environment where people feel valued, healthy, and have a strong sense of community belonging.
- Research also suggests that there is a relationship between sense of community belonging and good health.1
How is this measured?
- We use the Canadian Community Health Survey to sample people in Peel to describe their sense of belonging in their local community.
What progress are we making?
- Results have fluctuated somewhat since the Survey began in 2000, but the general trend is positive.
- In 2013/2014, we saw that:
- 68% of Peel residents aged 12 years and older reported a "Very Strong" or "Somewhat Strong" sense of community belonging.
- 72% of Peel's long-term immigrants (who have lived in Canada for more than five years) were more likely to respond "Very Strong" or "Somewhat Strong" on their sense of community belonging, compared to 61% of non-immigrants.
- Our focus will be on ensuring that our programs, services and supports help to foster a strong sense of belonging and pride in our community.
- We are proud to help our residents celebrate and embrace diversity in Peel Region.
1 Ross, N. (2002). Community belonging and health. Health Reports, Vol. 13 (3), Statistics Canada.