Why is this measurement important?
Research has established links between social networks and health outcomes; that sense of community belonging is highly correlated with physical and mental health, even when age, socio-economic status and other factors are taken into account. Social isolation tends to be detrimental to health, while social engagement and attachment are associated with positive health outcomes.
Well over half of Canadians consistently report a somewhat strong or very strong sense of community belonging.
Sense of community belonging is a measure of social inclusion. Socially excluded Canadians are more likely to be unemployed and earn lower wages. They have less access to health and social services, and means of furthering their education.
Sense of belonging reflects the social and environmental connections people have made and a sense of pride in their community, province, and country. Research shows that a strong sense of community is linked to high levels of social participation and social engagement, stronger feelings of safety and security, and better health overall.