Minister Fortier engages with Canadians in British Columbia on quality of life and well-being
March 5, 2020 - Victoria, British Columbia - Department of Finance Canada
A strong economy starts with a strong middle class and a responsible fiscal plan. For the last four years, investments in people and communities, combined with the hard work of Canadians, have helped create more opportunities for people to succeed.
As part of her mandate to better incorporate quality of life measurements into decision-making and budgeting, the Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, successfully completed a tour of communities in British Columbia. She met with Canadians to better understand what quality of life and well-being mean to them, and to understand the key issues facing their communities.
Minister Fortier participated in a wide variety of events in order to gain a broad range of insights from Canadians across the province. She delivered a speech at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, met with the mayors of Kelowna, Surrey and Victoria, held Quality of Life roundtables in Surrey and Victoria to talk with key community stakeholders, and spent time with families in Surrey. She also met with academic researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver who focus on measuring quality of life and well-being in Canada.
In addition to the valuable input Minister Fortier received from Canadians, she also highlighted the need to look at a broader range of evidence than standard economic statistics, such as gross domestic product (GDP), to assess progress in people’s quality of life and establish policy priorities. The Government of Canada is continuing to work towards building an economy in which the benefits of growth are fairly distributed and where all Canadians have equal opportunities to succeed. The government is ensuring that economic growth is sustainable so that Canada becomes an even better place to live.
“We have made a lot of progress over the last four years to grow the economy while ensuring that the middle class prospers, but we know there’s more to do. We need to think about the future of our communities, about fighting climate change and protecting our environment, and about continuing on the path to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. We are building an economy that works for everyone and an economy where the well-being of Canadians is at its core. We are building an economy where its growth is reflected in the everyday lives of Canadians.”
- Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Better incorporating quality of life measurements into government decision-making and budgeting, drawing on lessons from other jurisdictions such as New Zealand and Scotland, is one of Minister Fortier’s mandate letter commitments.
Looking “Beyond GDP” at broader elements of quality of life and well-being is gaining traction around the globe, including as part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) work on inclusive growth. Roughly half of the countries in the OECD have formally adopted sets of indicators that measure their citizens’ well-being.
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Office of the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
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