Peg Report 32: 92 per cent of Winnipeggers consider quality of life ‘good’ or ‘very good’

92 per cent of Winnipeggers believe that their quality of life is ‘good’ or ‘very good’—up from 87 per cent in 2002. This is according to new data from a survey on Winnipeg citizens’ satisfaction with life, just released by Winnipeg’s Peg project. What else can Peg tell us about quality of life in Winnipeg?

Peg tells us...

  • ​Quality of life has been on a general upward trend over the past 15 years, growing from 87 per cent in 2002 to 92 per cent in 2017.
  • 2011 saw the highest number on record, at 96 per cent.
  • 2017 saw a slight dip from the previous year - 92 per cent down from 94 per cent in 2016. 
  • Quality of life is measured differently by different organizations and there is no commonly agreed methodology. On a fundamental basis, however, quality of life indicators are meant to measure the subjective well-being or happiness/ sense of satisfaction with life within a population.
  • The City of Winnipeg publishes the annual "Citizen Survey" which includes data on percentage of respondents who believe that the quality of life in Winnipeg is ‘very good’ or ‘good’. 
Why does this matter?
  • Quality of life is receiving renewed interest with national and sub-national policy makers due to the emergence of concepts such as Gross National Happiness as an alternative or complement to strictly economic or financial indicators of wellbeing. 
  • Many municipalities today continue their efforts to boost quality of life to attract and maintain investments and residents.
  • More detail and source data for the above facts available at:
Source of the data:
  • Peg’s data for the Quality of Life indicator is provided by the City of Winnipeg Citizen Survey. Online copies of each survey may be found at

Media inquiries:

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International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
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