Progress status
Moderate deterioration
Moderate deterioration


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Headline data

Source: Statistics Canada

Geographical Area: Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of Measurement: Percentage

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Indicator name

Percentage of Canadians who perceived their overall health and social well-being as very good to excellent


No specific target

Indicator description

This indicator measures the percentage of Canadians aged 12 and over who reported perceiving their own health status as being either excellent or very good or fair or poor. Perceived health refers to the perception of a person’s health in general, either by the person himself or herself, or, in the case of proxy response, by the person responding. Health means not only the absence of disease or injury but also physical, mental and social well-being.

Geographical coverage

Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of measurement



Not applicable

Comments and limitations

The indicator covers the population 12 years of age and over living in the ten provinces. Excluded from the survey’s coverage are: persons living on reserves and other Aboriginal settlements; the institutionalized population, and children aged 12-17 that are living in foster care.

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