OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ — Canada ranks among the top in the OECD Better Life Index, released yesterday. The Index is an interactive tool that allows citizens to compare Canada's well-being with that of other countries and is part of the OECD report How's Life? 2013.
"I am pleased to see the OECD recognized that Canada is one of the best places in the world to live," said Minister Kenney. "Our government's economic plan is working and helping Canadians obtain good quality well-paying jobs. Unemployment is at its lowest level since 2008, and 1 million net new jobs have been created since July 2009. We're continuing to keep our streets and communities safe, and we're investing in programs like the Canada Job Grant, which will produce training that leads to guaranteed jobs. Under our government, Canada will continue to be the envy of the world and the best place to live."
The Better Life Index looks beyond traditional metrics, such as GDP, and identifies 11 essential indicators of well-being: housing, income, jobs, community, education, environment, governance, health, life satisfaction, safety and work-life balance.
Canada scores exceptionally well, ranking among the top countries in a number of areas. For example, compared to the OECD average, more Canadians aged 15 to 64 have a paid job and there is less long-term unemployment. Canada is also well above the average in terms of education and is praised as being one of the strongest OECD countries in students' skills, scoring high in reading, literacy, maths and science. In addition, Canada stood above the average in terms of housing and its citizens' level of satisfaction with their lives.
"Under our government, the number of Canadians living below the low income cut off is at its lowest level ever. We will continue to implement our low tax plan for jobs and growth and make sure all Canadians can fully participate in our economy to ensure Canada remains the best place in the world for all Canadians to live, work, and raise their family," Minister Kenney concluded.
For more information on the OECD Better Life Index, please visit http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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