Friday, June 21, 2024

How Does Your Quality of Life, Virtual Health Care and Trust Compare in 2023

Relationships with family, friends and neighbours are essential in developing a strong sense of identity, belonging and personal safety. Similarly, trust in family and friends and societal institutions can be important to building and maintaining social ties. Trust is associated with higher levels of reciprocity and cooperation between individuals, and can facilitate the flow of information and transactions. This, in turn, can affect the overall performance of the economy.

Quality of Life, Virtual Health Care and Trust, 2023

In 2023, most Canadians reported high satisfaction and trust in their relationships. On the other hand, they reported some distrust of information and news from the media, particularly from non-traditional sources, such as the Internet and social media.

“Trust in others” and “satisfaction with personal relationships” are two indicators from Canada’s Quality of Life Framework. This analytical framework helps the federal government identify future priorities by collecting essential data on the well-being of Canadians.

About 8 in 10 people have a high level of satisfaction with relationships with their family members

In 2023, the majority of Canadians expressed a high level of satisfaction in their relationships, namely family members and friends.

Overall, 79% of Canadians said they had a high level of satisfaction with their relationships with family members, meaning that their satisfaction score was 8 or higher on a 10-point scale. The corresponding proportion for friends was 68%.

No significant differences were found between women and men; however, satisfaction with relationships gradually increased with age. Individuals aged 65 and older had the highest overall level of satisfaction, with more than two in three people in this age group (67%) having a high level of satisfaction with both family members and friends. In contrast, 55% of young people aged 15 to 24 said the same.

The difference in the level of satisfaction between these two age groups was mainly attributable to the satisfaction of older people with their family members. A total of 85% of people aged 65 and older expressed satisfaction with relationships with family, compared with 70% of those aged 15 to 24. However, both groups had similar proportions for friends (72% of people aged 65 and older versus 70% of those aged 15 to 24).

Chart 1  Chart 1: Distribution of the population, by level of satisfaction with relationships with family and friends, 2023
Distribution of the population, by level of satisfaction with relationships with family and friends, 2023

Seniors have more trust in others

Trust in others can facilitate interpersonal relationships and promote cooperation between individuals. A higher level of trust in others not only has benefits for individuals but also for society as a whole, with greater overall social cohesion.

Overall, almost 3 in 10 people (28%) said they had a high level of trust in others. In other words, they assigned a trust score of 8 or higher to at least thr