Welcome to My Perth Huron

This is an online resource to help track the wellbeing 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 wellbeing measure large-scale economic activity, such as GDP ( Gross Domestic Product), this focuses on economic factors of national import and export figures, interest rates, corporate profits and unemployment rates. However, these are not enough, we would like to know how real life and real people who live in our community are doing, ways of growing as a strong 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 seven key indicators. These indicators develop a sense of belonging and contribute with the wellbeing of the community. These key indicators are Housing and Homelessness, Community Capacity, Community support, Economic, Healthy Population, Education, and Environment.

Rather than search information of different national sources with low probability to find local information, our site wants to provide a reliable place where you can explore good local information, discover trends, catch information from Perth and Huron sources – from local 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.

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Key Indicators

The key indicators  we report on 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, all together support the base and composition of the new key indicators. This concept creates opportunities to understand and measure the potential of our community actions, 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, awareness-raising, and tools to build a better place for all.

The data has been gathered from a multi-sectorial partners on a variety of social areas to better understand the Perth-Huron complexity. National, Provincial and Municipal data has been collected overtime and now is time to present comparable pictures of the region,  this includes the Town of St. Marys, the City of Stratford and the lower-tier municipalities within the counties, if available.

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, we explore indicators of participation in voluntary organizations, recreation support, library use, community growing and assistance, and democratic engagement.
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Community Support

This data allows us to realize that our community is not alone. Many stakeholder and body companies are here to support and create positive impacts in Perth and Huron Counties. Effort to support basic needs, education assistance, community connection, wellbeing and resilience for all.
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Economic

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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Education

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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Environment

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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