The CommunityLife database measures key elements of social dynamics, such as the frequency of contact with family and friends, political activism, trust in public institutions and involvement in formal organizations. Developed from Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey, it also explores volunteer activity, union membership, religious group affiliation and cultural group associations. Combining this information with databases such as CrimeStats or GivingBack can provide additional insight for allocating municipal resources more effectively. The data are available at the postal code and all higher levels of geography.
This release of CommunityLife introduces 275 new variables for the 2023 vintage. These new variables provide data relating to themes, such as contact with one’s community, being Canadian, and sense of belonging, amongst many others. All updates can be found on the variable change list below.