Measurement key to progress in Winnipeg

Measurement key to progress in Winnipeg

2019 Our City report highlights where we can celebrate and where we can do more

A new report released by United Way Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development reminds us we need to do more than care – measuring how Winnipeg is doing allows us to celebrate progress and to act so every Winnipegger can thrive.

2019 Our City: A Peg Report on Winnipeg and the Sustainable Development Goals is a snapshot of data tracked on Peg (mypeg.ca). Peg is a website that brings together the latest data from official agencies (Statistics Canada, WRHA, Winnipeg Police Services, etc.) at both the neighbourhood and city level, translating the numbers into engaging graphs and maps. The information in Peg make it possible to measure well-being and encourage evidence-based action in Winnipeg.

This year, the Peg report showcases local measures of well-being as they relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aligning local action with global priorities. The SDGs urge us to leave no one behind and this report shows Winnipeg risks leaving some neighbourhoods behind even while we’re doing well on some issues.

Highlights from the 2019 Our City report include:

Median Household Income rose 18.4 percent from 2005 to 2015, but has remained relatively unchanged in the last five years.

Winnipeg average (2005 to 2015): $49,790 to $58,935

Lowest income community areas: Point Douglas ($44,437) and Downtown ($39,626)

Highest income community area: Assiniboine South ($75,787)

The Average House Price in Winnipeg rose 52.8 percent from 2008 to 2018 ($196,940 to $301,050)

GDP or Gross Domestic Product rose 25.5 percent 2008 to 2018 ($34.5 billion to $43.3 billion in 2012 dollars)

Educational Attainment, or the amount of education Winnipeggers have received, improved from 2006 to 2016 with:

A drop in Winnipeggers with no high school diploma (23.1 percent to 16.9 percent)

A rise in Winnipeggers with a university certificate, degree or diploma (19.4 percent to 26.1 percent)

Core Housing Need (households whose housing costs more than 30 percent of their income, requires major repairs, or is not big enough for their family size) has gotten worse, moving from 10.4 percent to 12.1 percent from 2006 to 2016
Market Basket Measure, or the percentage of persons in poverty, is Canada’s official poverty line. The Winnipeg rate rose slightly from 2007 to 2017 (9.1 percent to 9.5 percent) though there has been a notable improvement compared to spikes in the intervening decade Several environmental measures have shown progress Residential Waste Going to Landfill has dropped from 2008 to 2018 (349.4 kg. per capita to 228.3 kg. per capita)

Water Use has dropped from 2008 to 2018 (286 daily litres per capita to 223 daily litres per capita)

The report points out local successes to celebrate while raising red flags on other issues, particularly gaps in progress between neighbourhoods.