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CIW Backgrounder

On March 6,2018, Information Orillia formalized a Service Agreement with the University of Waterloo, Office of Research to administer the Canadian Index of Wellbeing community survey.

The survey uses eight domains, as pictured below, to determine the well-being of a community. These domains are similar to the Social Determinants of Health used by health organizations. Information Orillia negotiated funding partnerships with the City of Orillia, including the Police Services Board; North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integrated Network (NSMLHIN); Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and the County of Simcoe (on behalf of participating partners Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte Townships).

7,945 households were randomly selected and invited to participate in this survey. To help ensure a broader age range of respondents, the house-hold member 16 years of age or older with a birthday closest to June 1st was asked to complete the survey. A total of 1,500 survey packages was also distributed directly to households in Oro-Medonte, Ramara, and Severn to expand the reach of the survey and supplement the final sample.

A total of 896 surveys were initially included among the respondents. 72.9% were completed on-line, with the remaining completed using a paper version that was either requested by residents or completed by residents receiving them through direct distribution. A final response rate of between 10.1% and 10.7% is a reasonable estimate, which places the Orillia and Area Commu-nity Wellbeing Survey right at the average of most general populations surveys

We hope that the community will find value in this benchmark data and work together to improve wellbeing. We will also be hosting Town Hall style meetings in the near future as part of a collective impact strategy and discuss interconnected practices that lead to positive community change.