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Local stakeholders unveil a new tool to measure community well-being!

February 1, 2019 –

How do you measure a City's well-being? At its Jan. 22 meeting, council received a set of community indicators, developed by local stakeholders, aimed at doing exactly that.

These indicators are intended to measure community's well-being in five categories: community context, prosperous city, healthy and green, safe and vibrant communities, and vulnerable populations.

"These indicators provide a snapshot of our community at a moment in time," says Kristin Mullin, the executive director of Sustainable Kingston, one of the groups forming the steering committee, which led the development of the indicator list. 

Joining Sustainable Kingston on the committee are Kingston Police, City of Kingston, Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, Public Health, Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Kingston Community Health Centres, Community Foundation, United Way and Tourism Kingston.

The indicators were selected by identifying local priorities, reviewing what other cities were measuring, and then consulting with the public.

Each of the five areas contains data that fit criteria set by the committee.  The data had to be readily available and reliable, relevant to the public, measureable over a long period of time, objective and policy neutral, and allow for comparisons to other communities. 

Mullin, and other community stakeholders who championed the development of these indicators, are hopeful they will bring people together to talk about what is important to them in their community.

"We want to raise awareness of the strength and challenges in communities, identify key issues, spark new initiatives and guide politicians and decision-makers in allocating resources," says Mullin.

Mayor Bryan Paterson applauds the development of the community indicators.

"As a City, these indicators provide us with an at-a-glance overview of our strengths, and the areas where we need to do better. Over time, the community indicators will help us consistently track our progress so we can move forward in meaningful ways and remain accountable to our residents," says Paterson.

The community indicators will be updated once a year, as new data becomes available.

To review Kingston's Community Indicators, please visit the City's Neighbourhoods & Communities page, which also contains links to community census profiles.

View the Neighbourhoods & Communities page