2015 - Seniors and Housing: The Challenge Ahead

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Part 2 of Canada's Aging Population: The Municipal Role in Canada's Demographic Shift, this report explores the question of seniors’ housing and transportation expectations and needs in the years to come, the fundamental role local and all orders of government play in meeting those needs and the concrete ways in which Canadian municipalities are making a difference in the quality of life for seniors across the country.

2010 - Mending Canada's Frayed Social Safety Net: The role of municipal governments

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The 6th theme report from the QOLRS focuses on the growing municipal role in filling the holes in Canada's fraying social safety net. This report looks at the growing need for municipal social services, a need made more urgent by the recent recession and the federal and provincial retreat from traditional social supports, which has shifted the burden to municipal governments

2009 - Immigration & Diversity in Canadian Cities & Communities

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Theme report #5 examines how recent immigrants continue to face challenges to settlement; are more likely to experience poverty; and have lower rates of labour market attachment. This is a particularly urban concern as the majority of newcomers to Canada settle in the country's three largest metropolitan areas.

2008 - Trends & Issues in Affordable Housing & Homelessness

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Theme Report #4 focuses on trends related to housing and homelessness in 22 large and medium-sized municipalities and urban regions in Canada. Trend data are provided for the period 2000-2006, with some reference to trends dating back to 1991. A series of statistical charts and local stories from QOLRS member communities illustrate these trends.

Annex 1: Working Group Members
Annex 2: Chart References
Annex 3: Glossary of Terms
Annex 4: Guide to the QOLRS Geography
Annex 5: Maps of Each QOLRS Member

2005 - Growth, the Economy and the Urban Environment

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Theme Report #3 describes a set of trends occurring between 1991 and 2001 that affected the local economy and the natural environment in the 20 QOLRS member communities. A series of statistical charts and local stories from QOLRS member communities illustrate these trends.

Annex 9a: The QOLRS Indicator Charts
Annex 9b: Backgrounder

2005 - Ecological Footprints of Canadian Municipalities and Regions

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This report presents the first Canadian estimates of the ecological footprint of each of the major Canadian municipalities/regions within the FCM family of member communities contributing to the FCM Quality of Life indicators reporting system.

2005 - Dynamic Societies and Social Change

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Theme Report #2 presents a series of trends that occurred between 1991 and 2001 affecting the workforce, community and social infrastructure, civic engagement, and community health and safety in the 20 QOLRS member communities. A series of statistical charts and local stories from QOLRS member communities illustrate these broader trends.

Annex 8a: The QOLRS Indicator Charts
Annex 8b: Dynamic Societies and Social Change

2004 - Incomes, Shelter and Necessities

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Theme Report #1 focuses on a set of trends occurring between 1991 and 2001 related to personal incomes, shelter and the affordability of basic needs. The report provides an in-depth analysis of demographic groups more vulnerable to the effects of falling incomes, high rates of poverty and more severe housing affordability challenges. A series of statistical charts and local stories from QOLRS member communities illustrate these broader trends.

Annex 7a: Report 1 Indicators Charts
Annex 7b: Report 1

2004 - Highlights Report

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The Highlights Report presents selected indicators from the Quality of Life Reporting System to show key changes from 1991 to 2001. The analysis found that quality of life in the 20 QOLRS member communities was at risk and had deteriorated for a significant number of people between 1991 and 2001. The report portrays a roller-coaster period of severe economic decline between 1991 and 1996, followed by a general recovery in levels of income, falling poverty rates and reduced housing affordability problems between 1996 and 2001. A series of statistical charts and local stories from QOLRS member communities illustrate these trends.

Annex 1: 2004 Highlights Report Charts
Annex 2: 2004 Supplementary Charts

2003 - Falling Behind - Our Growing Income Gap

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This paper explores the factors contributing to the income gap and the implications of the gap for urban communities in Canada. The report looks in more detail at three cities: Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto.

pdf2001 - Second Report - Quality of Life in Canadian Communities

pdf1999 - Quality of Life in Canadian Communities