The Numbers

Samara’s Democracy 360 uses quantifiable indicators to focus on three areas that are essential to a healthy democracy: communication, participation and leadership.

While Canada consistently ranks in the top 10 countries in the world on headline indices that measure freedom and democracy, these indices do not give a complete picture of Canada’s democracy. This is why the Democracy 360 report card goes deeper, measuring 19 indicators and 38 sub-indicators. Together, these indicators provide a comprehensive picture of how Canadians feel about their democracy. 

Click through all three pagescommunication, participation and leadershipto see all the indicators.  

To learn about the regional, national and international context, read the story. To learn about how the Democracy 360 was put together, see the methodology. In addition to national results, see the appendix for a complete breakdown of the regional data.

Satisfaction with Democracy

The percentage of Canadians who reported that they are “very” or “fairly satisfied” with democracy.

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Why this indicator matters: One key test of how well a representative system is working is whether the citizens are happy with it. Voter turnout is not the best indication of satisfaction as research indicates that people vote for a variety of reasons unrelated to happiness, including a sense of duty.

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Alberta:
69%
Atlantic:
76%
BC:
72%
North:
DATA NOT AVAILABLE
Man/
Sask:
80%
Ontario:
70%
Quebec:
69%

Politics Matters Every Day

The percentage of Canadians who reported that decisions made by elected officials affect them “every day.”

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Why this indicator matters: Political decisions ensure that the country functions as it should, providing basic necessities such as public safety and clean water. If Canadians don’t believe that politics affects them every day, they may not pay attention to it or participate in the functioning of democracy.

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Alberta:
36%
Atlantic:
33%
BC:
30%
North:
DATA NOT AVAILABLE
Man/
Sask:
27%
Ontario:
34%
Quebec:
17%


Click through the communication, participation and leadership pages to see all the indicators