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.

The Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative will advance a shared framework for measuring and improving the daily lives of everyday Nova Scotians. It is a framework that places value on our economic, social, environmental and cultural goals.

Our hope is that the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative will gradually offer up fresh perspectives, catalyze rich conversations, and prompt newer collaborations that improve the wellbeing of all Nova Scotians. 


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

In the coming years, we will gather and share a wealth of information about how Nova Scotians are doing in the eight areas that affect their wellbeing: community vitality, living standards, healthy populations, democratic engagement, leisure and culture, time-use, the environment and education.

The first phase of this initiative involves 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 will conduct a province-wide Quality of Life Survey. Thousands of Nova Scotians will tell us how they feel they are doing across the eight domains. This up-to-the-minute data will be broken out regionally, with a potential for over-sampling to the community level.

After that, the long-term work begins for anyone and everyone who wants to make more informed decisions and do complementary research. 


  • Summer 2018: Nova Scotia Quality of Life Index Release

  • Fall/Winter 2018/2019: Consultations

  • Spring 2019: Nova Scotia Quality of Life Survey Launch

  • Summer/Fall 2019: Data Collection, Analysis and Research

  • Winter 2020 and Onwards: From Measurement to Movement