Canadians’ level of satisfaction with their lives is at its lowest in almost two decades, mainly due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent Statistics Canada study released on Monday revealed.
People interviewed for the study were asked to rate on a scale of 0 to 10 “how they feel about their life in general”.
“In 2018, the average satisfaction of Canadians with their life was 8.09; in June 2020, it had fallen by 1.38 points to 6.71. This is the lowest level of life satisfaction observed in Canada over the period 2003 to 2020 for which comparable data is available, ”said Statistics Canada.
Also according to this study, it is young people who seem most affected by the situation. In 2018, almost 75% of young people aged 15 to 29 gave a score equal to or greater than 8/10 when asked to rate their satisfaction with their life.
Barely two years later, only one in four young people gave a similar rating.
According to the study, those aged 60 and over are the most satisfied with their life with a self-assessment of 6.93 / 10. Then follow the 30 to 59 year olds, with a score of 6.72 / 10 and finally, young people from 15 to 29 years old with a score of 6.41 / 10.
In 2018, when only 12% of Canadians rated their life satisfaction as 6/10 or less, that number more than tripled in just two years.
The study is based on data collected by Statistics Canada in 2018 and June 2020.