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The Government of Canada initiative on Measuring Poverty Reduction wants to work together to reduce poverty in Canada. In support of this, the CDP team has prepared an indicator review document!


The incorporation of indicators of social impacts into composite social indices has been the subject of considerable effort in North America since the late 1960s. Over the past decade, literally hundreds of indices have been developed to measure social change at international, national, and local scales by governments, institutes, non-profit organizations, and others. Most indices are not linked to natural resource or land use, but some include environmental variables.

The following compendium presents short profiles of two dozen indicator-based social development indicator models currently in use in Canada. Each profile includes a summary description, illustrates the indicators employed, identifies data sources and provides a link to the initiative. The compendium also includes a review of measures of poverty by province.

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