Canada ranked highest among G7 nations and is a world-leader in rights, freedoms, tolerance and access to advanced education according to the Social Progress Index 2016. The Index which includes measures of healthcare, education, housing, policing, rights and tolerance, ranks Canada second overall, ahead of Denmark (3rd), Australia (4th), Norway (7th), the UK (9th) and the US (19th). Using 53 indicators to calculate the final results, Canada finished top or joint top in no less than 13.
Canada is a world-leader on access to advanced education. On personal rights, which include measures of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and political rights, Canada ranks second globally behind only New Zealand. Canada also scores well on the measure of tolerance and inclusion (5th), which includes measures of religious tolerance and tolerance for immigrants.
Michael Green, Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative, said: “Canada is unequivocally one of the world’s most socially progressive countries and one of the best countries in the world to live. It outperforms the US, UK and Australia and many of the Nordic countries across a wide range of measures. Canada’s strong performance on rights and tolerance is a testament to its success as a multicultural nation. Even other highly developed nations struggle with these issues – Canada could have a lot to teach them.”
Canada’s second placed ranking is higher than that of its comparative economic strength: its GDP per capita is the 13th highest globally.
The Social Progress Index was created by a team whose chief advisor is Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School and is designed as a complement to GDP and other economic indicators to provide a more holistic understanding of countries’ overall performance.Posted: Aug 7, 2016