Healthy economies and healthy communities depend on each other.


the Mission

Traditionally, much of the information used to make decisions that affect our daily lives has been based on economic data. Those data are not wrong – they are just incomplete.

When we asked Nova Scotians how they think we should measure success (on a scale of 1 to 10) 68% said, “By growing the economy” and 81% said, “By improving our quality of life.” Based on this response, we believe that if we treasure it, we should measure it.

The Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative will advance a shared framework for measuring and improving the daily lives of everyday Nova Scotians.

Our hope is that the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative will gradually offer up fresh perspectives, and prompt action that improves the wellbeing of all Nova Scotians across economic, environmental, and cultural lines.


We can have a more comprehensive conversation about what is success and prosperity in a community...
— workshop participant

First we are gathering and analyzing information about how Nova Scotians are doing in eight areas that affect their wellbeing: community vitality, living standards, healthy populations, democratic engagement, leisure and culture, time-use, the environment and education.

Then, in collaboration with 10 Local Leadership Teams in each of the regions shown on this map, we will be prompting action related to the data to improve the wellbeing of all Nova Scotians, wherever they live.

The first phase of this initiative involved the release of a province-wide Quality of Life Index measuring trends across 60 indicators between 1994 and 2014. It also describes how we've performed as a province compared to Canada over that time.

In the second phase, we conducted Nova Scotia’s first Quality of Life Survey. Thousands of Nova Scotians told us how they feel they are doing across the eight domains. This up-to-the-minute data will be broken out regionally, and also help us understand the quality of life of people who often feel unheard.

After that, the long-term work begins for anyone and everyone who wants to join groups that work with the data to make change.


  • June 2018: Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index released

  • Fall/Winter 2018/2019: Consultations with subject specialists and diverse demographic groups

  • April 29, 2019: Nova Scotia Quality of Life Survey launch 

  • Summer/Fall 2019: Data collection, analysis and research

  • Winter 2020: 10 regional reports and 1 province-wide report created

  • 2020 and Beyond: Local and Provincial forums gather to lay the foundation for action