Canadians 55+ among happiest people in the country

Who are the happiest people in Canada? According to a 2019 Leger Canadian Happiness Index report* that surveyed 3,540 people from across the country, the happiest Canadians are:

Over age 55

Asked to rate their happiness on a scale of one to 10 (one being unhappy and 10 being very happy), 44 per cent of respondents ages 18 to 54 rated their happiness scores between eight and ten. That figure rose to 61 per cent for participants over age 55.

Men and women

Men and women are almost equally happy with 50 per cent of males rating their happiness between eight and 10, and 51 per cent of females saying the same.

Living in Atlantic Canada

Canadians living in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia reported the highest happiness scores, with an average of 7.5 out of 10. They were followed by residents of Prince Edward Island and Quebec, who rated their happiness at 7.4. British Columbia and Saskatchewan tied at 7.3, followed by Manitoba at 7.2. Ontarians and Albertans rated their happiness at 7.1.

Living in the city or the country

Canadians who live in rural areas are a bit happier than those who live in the city; 52 per cent of country dwellers rated their happiness between eight and 10, versus 50 per cent of city dwellers.

What makes older people happier?

The survey found that the number one driver of happiness was a sense of freedom, followed closely by respondents living the life they had dreamed for themselves. Those were followed by satisfaction with personal finances, romantic relationships, recognition and personal health.

For seniors, achieving a sense of freedom and living their dreams can be tied to a their older years representing the beginning of a new chapter in life, rather than the end of one. Freed from the responsibilities of a job and raising a family, retirees can find even more freedom in a move to a retirement residence.

With no home maintenance chores and accessibility of prepared meals and cleaning, seniors can find time to pursue the life they have always envisioned for themselves, including participating in the varied and meaningful list of activities offered at a retirement residence. There is also freedom in the peace of mind that comes in knowing that current and future needs are taken care of, with most residences offering many options and levels of support.

If you’re wondering about what a new sense of freedom looks like, we invite you to call 1 855-461-0685 today to speak with a Chartwell representative.

*The following source provided references for this blog:
1. Leger Marketing Inc. “The Happiness Index Report.” (June 24, 2019), online: