Welcome to My Perth Huron

This is an online resource to help track the well-being of our communities, where we are doing well, and where our communities may be facing challenges. Perth and Huron are similar in many ways to other rural communities in southwestern Ontario but are distinctive in some ways too. This resource allows citizens to explore these similarities and differences. 

Traditional measures of a community’s well-being measure large-scale economic activity, such as GDP (Gross Domestic Product), which focuses on economic factors of national import and export figures, interest rates, corporate profits, and unemployment rates. However, GDP is not enough. We would like to know how real people living in our community are doing, ways of building a stronger community, and options to improve. 

For those reasons, we have incorporated knowledge from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) to create the six key indicators including Housing and Homelessness, Community Capacity, Economic, Healthy Population, Education, and Environment. Together, these indicators create a sense of belonging and contribute to the well-being of the community.  

Rather than search information from different national sources with a low probability of finding local information, our site’s goal is to provide a reliable source of good local information and discover trends by capturing information from Perth and Huron agencies and governments about local activities, articles and more. 

This site is a work-in-progress and is being updated continuously. Check regularly to see what has been added. 

Thanks for believing in us. 

Key Indicators

The key indicators integrate knowledge from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) domains, the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) indicators, and the previous Quality of Life report created by SRPC. This concept creates opportunities to understand and measure the potential of our community actions and the impact of strategies and investments in all sectors. 

Within each key indicator, we report on a series of sub-indicators. Together, we create a community profile that provides evidence to achieve our community’s goals such as reducing inequality, promoting actions for gender inclusion, raising awareness and tools to build a better place for all. 

Data has been gathered from multi-sectorial partners in a variety of social areas to better understand Perth-Huron's complexity. National, Provincial and Municipal data has been collected over time and forms a comparable picture of the region including the Town of St. Marys, the City of Stratford, and the lower-tier municipalities within Perth and Huron if available. 


Population & Demography Statistics

This dashboard provides valuable demographic statistics for Perth and Huron. A wide range of indicators, significant social estimates, and changes in the community over time are part of the information you will find. Contextualize and familiarize yourself with this local data resource and the six key indicators.
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Housing & Homelessness 

The data collected is related to the experiences of Perth and Huron County residents. These indicators provide information on the stability of housing in the region and show changes over time. Information on average price, properties sold, vacancy rate and more. Finding trends in those indicators can help you understand the reasons for unaffordable housing, and some of the challenges for homeless people in these counties.
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Community Capacity

The community data looks at the strength, activity, and inclusiveness of relationships between residents, the private sector, the public sector, and community groups that foster individual and collective well-being. In this section, you realize that our community is not alone. Many stakeholders and body companies are here to support and create positive impacts in Perth and Huron Counties.
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The Economic theme looks at the level and distribution of income and wealth in the community. This theme reports on the state of employment, income and gender, seasonal workers, and food security.
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Healthy Populations

The Healthy Populations theme reports on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the population by looking at different aspects of health status and certain determinants of health. Access to a family doctor, mental health support and vaccination rate are included into this theme.
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The Education domain considers the educational and skill levels of the population, and the ability of children and adults to participate in a competitive workplace. The indicators reported are graduation rate, skill training, online school, apprentice’s percentage by region.
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The Environment theme reports on the state of the local ecosystem (i.e. forests, wetlands, natural areas and wildlife). Healthy ecosystems affect our wellbeing by providing safe drinking water, clean air, beach water quality, reduced stress, and opportunities for physical activities in parks and conservation areas.
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