A majority of Canadians say they really like the local environment in which they live, according to data recently released by Statistics Canada.
The survey, which collected information last August and September from people aged 15 and over in the country’s 10 provinces, found that two-thirds of Canadians reported high levels of satisfaction with their local environment.
Of all the provinces, residents of Prince Edward Island are the most satisfied with their local environment (76%), followed by Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador (75%).
British Columbia had the fourth highest satisfaction rate at 68%, after Quebec.
Across Canada, 75% of rural residents say they are satisfied with their surroundings, compared to 65% of urban dwellers.
Age also played a role, with people over 65 tending to be more satisfied with their natural surroundings.
Overall, Statistics Canada found only a small difference between the proportion of men (67%) and women (66%) who were very satisfied with the environment in which they lived.
Why is it important to be satisfied with one’s surroundings?
The positive effects of nature have been well documented in several scientific studies. In Metro Vancouver, a study last year found that children’s health and cognitive abilities depend on access to nature. when further research involving the same cohort of nearly 30,000 children was published in February 2022, it found that ADHD was linked to air pollution and a lack of green space.
Some Canadian doctors are turning to the outdoors for therapy, prescribing passes to nature and national parks to improve people’s mental health.
As the national statistics agency put it, “people who are very satisfied with their local environment tend to say they have high levels of life satisfaction and mental health.”
According to a previous survey from 2019, nine in 10 Canadian households lived within 10 minutes of a park or public green space – and of those, 85% had visited a park in the previous year.
Top 10 Outdoor Activities People Who Are Very Satisfied With Their Surroundings Participate In
Everyone has their favorite outdoor activities. But on average, Canadians who are satisfied with the outdoors tend to cluster around certain sports, activities or pursuits more than others.
According to Statistics Canada, here are the top 10 outdoor activities that Canadians who were very satisfied with their environment participated in in the summer and fall of 2021: