Wellbeing Toronto

Long awaited, Wellbeing Toronto is launching this morning through the City of Toronto website.

Keep hitting refresh! It will be here soon.

The Toronto Star has given a sneak peek in today’s edition. The site lets users select and map , across the City’s 140 social planning neighbourhoods, from a menu of indicators, ranging from one of Toronto’s top ten languages, applications to universities, or robberies. It also maps locations of various civic sites, community hubs, rate payers associations and other neighbourhood features.

While it’s bound to have some bugs as it launches (I couldn’t see a legend), this is a significant contribution to the civic dialogue of the city – as long as more than real estate agents use it! (My conflict-of-interest? I sat in on two advisory panels during its development.)

New, more open data sharing on Toronto Websites

Community Partnership Strategy: Neighbourhood Well-being Index

What is well-being?, Policy Horizons, Canada, Sept 2011.

Canadian Index of Wellbeing launched, June 2009

Examples from other places:

City of Saskatoon, Health Region, CommunityView Collaboration

Province of Newfoundlands and Labrador, Community Accounts (who started it all)

Province of Nova Scotia, Community Accounts

Province of Prince Edward Island, Community Accounts

 

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