At Monday's (October 6) City of Airdrie regular council meeting, Councillors talked about the results of the recent Social Well-Being Survey that Airdronians participated in.
The findings of this survey will form the cornerstone of Airdrie's efforts to improve every resident's quality of life and social well-being.
The five dimensions (sub-areas) of social well-being are social inclusion, social acceptance, social support, social contribution, and social capital. Social well-being is defined as a state of positive interactions in a community. The city was able to get a general idea of how residents are doing by measuring each of these using a composite score.
Airdrie's average social well-being score is 3.77 out of 5.
With an average score of 4.46 out of 5, social support was the strongest, indicating that residents of Airdrie can rely on their friends and family for assistance.
With an average score of 4.29 out of 5, Airdronians also report excellent levels of social acceptance (tolerance and lack of discrimination) generally.
With an average score of 3.48 out of 5, social inclusion (a sense of belonging) is the next-highest domain overall.
Social contribution, a measure of how much a resident gives back to society, came next with an average score of 3.37 out of 5.
Finally, the average score for social capital, or the capacity of the locals to obtain necessary resources, is 3.28 out of 5.
The survey also asked individual questions, here are those questions and how they were answered:
I feel a sense of belonging in Airdrie.
- Strongly disagree - 4 per cent
- Somewhat agree - 10 per cent
- Neither agree nor disagree - 14 per cent
- Somewhat agree - 39 per cent
- Strongly agree - 32 per cent
Barriers to participation in community life.
- Financial - 47.87 per cent
- Mobility and transportation - 27.66 per cent
- Mental/emotional challenge - 15.74 per cent
- City facilities over capacity - 8.51 per cent
- Lack of time - 7.66 per cent
- Disability - 7.23 per cent
- Lack of info (for events and activities) - 4.47 per cent
- Health challenges - 4.26 per cent
- Lack of activities for diverse households - 3.83 per cent
- Lack of tolerance (race, sexual orientation, age) - 3.19 per cent
- Other - 2.13 per cent
I feel like I have a voice in decisions that impact Airdrie.
- Strongly disagree - 19 per cent
- Somewhat agree - 23 per cent
- Neither agree nor disagree - 29 per cent
- Somewhat agree - 25 per cent
- Strongly agree - 4 per cent
Reasons for negative experiences in regard to social acceptance.
- Gender - 32.65 per cent
- Age - 30.82 per cent
- Race/Ethnicity - 20.20 per cent
- Weight - 17.55 per cent
- Income - 14.90 per cent
- Other aspects of physical appearance - 12.04 per cent
- Skin Colour - 11.43 per cent
- Mental/emotional challenge - 10.20 per cent
- Education - 9.80 per cent
- Ancestry/National Origin - 8.98 per cent
- Language - 8.37 per cent
- Physical disability - 6.53 per cent
- Sexual orientation - 6.33 per cent
- Religion - 5.92 per cent
- Height - 3.47 per cent
- Political beliefs - 2.45 per cent
- Indigenous Identity - 1.84 per cent
- Mental disability - 0.82 per cent
- Profession - 0.82 per cent
- Marital status - 0.41 per cent
The city is currently preparing a report for Airdronians providing an overview of areas of strength, and areas where more work may be needed for Airdrie to continue to be a community where everyone can thrive.
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