Community Health and Well-being Week – October 19-25

This week, organizations across Ontario celebrate the Community Health and Wellbeing Week. The week shines a spotlight on community based initiatives that are focused on building healthy local communities.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN funds and supports a variety of programs and services that support community well-being.

Waterloo Wellington has 4 Community Health Centre’s (CHCs). CHCs provide primary care services in combination with health promotion and illness prevention services in a centralized location. What makes CHCs special is a strong community development focus and special attention to programs that address social, economic and environmental problems negatively impacting people’s health – also known as that social determinants of health.

Community Health Centre’s

Guelph Community Health Centre

Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre

Langs Community Health Centre

Woolwich Community Health Centre


The Canadian Index of Well-being (CIW) has developed a framework for measuring well-being across Canadian communities. Visit our CIW dashboard for stats on the Waterloo Wellington population. Highlights include:

Community Belonging

65.4% of residents report a strong or very strong sense of belonging to their community.

Education

88.5% of 25 to 29 year olds in Waterloo Wellington have a high school degree.

64.2% of 25 to 54 year olds in Waterloo Wellington have completed a post- secondary degree, diploma or certificate.

Environment

11.95% of Waterloo Wellington residents report being exposed to second-hand smoke in public places.

Healthy Populations

60.9% of Waterloo Wellington residents rate their health as excellent or very good.

Leisure and Culture

56.7% of Waterloo Wellington residents are considered moderately active or active.

Living Standard

3.7% of the labour force in Waterloo Wellington report long-term unemployment.


For more information on Community Health and Well-being week visit communityhealthandwellbeing.org