Infographic: Canadian Health and Wealth

A sorry state

A new blanket report on the state of Canadian health and wealth spells out nothing but bad news this year. Canada's Vital Signs, an annual report card from Community Foundations of Canada, suggests we getting deeper in debt, we're fatter than ever and young people are having trouble finding jobs, just to hit a few of the lowlights. According to the report, national obesity rates continue to rise, with 18.1% of Canadian adults describing themselves as obese, up 2.8 points from 2003. The estimated related costs of our widening waistbands is $4.6 to $7.1 billion each year, the report said. Personal bankruptcies have increased 23.4% in 2010, however business bankruptcies have been cut by more than half. Canadian youth are also having a hard time finding work, with a 16% unemployment rate, the report stated. "When I see these numbers I think about young people in our communities and the future we're creating for them,"


News and events — visually

Ian Bird, president and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, said in a release about the study on Tuesday. "We don't want our legacy to be about more sedentary lifestyles, not enough engagement in the work world and worries about our long-term financial future." — QMI Agency

20% 10% 10% 5% 0%

Self-reported obesity rates, aged 18+, in Canada

Obesity rates (aged 18 and over) by province, 2010
Nfld. N.B. N.S. Man. Sask. P.E.I. Ont. Alta. Que. B.C. 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%


’05 ‘07 ’08 ‘09



Youth unemployment rates in Canada (ages 15 to 24)

15% 40% 10% 35% 30% 25% 20% ’90 ’92 ’94 ’96 ’98 ’00 ’02 ’04 ’06 ’08 ’10 30% 25%

Proportion of population (18 yrs. and older) that has not completed In 2010, high school 20.2% of Canadians aged 15 and over had not completed high school, down from 37.8% in 1990.



’90 ’92’ 94’ 96

’98 ’00 ’02 ’04 ’06 ’08 ‘10

2000 2010

Business bankruptcies

Consumer bankruptcies

20% 15% 10% 5%

Incidence of child poverty, by communities

10,055 4,072

75,131 92,694

down 59.5%
Sources: Canada's Vital Signs, an annual report card from Community Foundations of Canada; file photos

up 23.4%

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