We form communities based on commonalities and interests, and by their very nature these communities may exclude others. These divisions can be influenced by the geographic area in which we live, our age, education level, income, employment, culture, religious beliefs, values, gender, sexuality, and more.

What Vital Signs told us about the ways in which we’re divided:

WHERE YOU LIVE IN WINNIPEG MATTERS

We love to ask where people live and where they grew up. This helps build connections, but it also enables us to pass judgement. Where you live in our city influences your quality of life and beliefs.

Generally, those who live in Winnipeg’s South or Central neighbourhoods are more likely to believe they can make a difference in our city, to participate actively in their communities, and to say Winnipeg is a good place for the next generation. They’re also more likely to say they’re familiar with the TRC and its Calls to Action.

Those who live in communities in the South are more likely to say they have a very good quality of life.

Southeast residents are more likely to say they support initiatives that foster intercultural understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.

Those in the Southwest state they’d like more opportunities to interact with their neighbours. They’re also more likely to rate their physical and emotional well-being as high, be satisfied with their home life, give to charity, and volunteer their time.

Those in the Southwest, Northeast and Northwest are more likely to say they know their neighbours well enough to ask for help.

Those in the Northwest, Northeast and Central communities are much more likely to feel uncomfortable or out of place, and to stress about personal finances.

Those living in the Northeast are much more likely to feel lonely.

SO DOES HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN HERE

The longer you’ve lived here, the more connected and engaged you are, the more likely you are to rate your quality of life as very good and your sense of well-being as high, and the stronger your sense of belonging. You’re also more likely to be more satisfied with your home life.

You’re more likely to say Winnipeg is doing enough to welcome newcomers and to say our city is doing enough to address reconciliation and the TRC’s Calls to Action, meaning the longer you’re here, the more likely you are to be satisfied with the status quo.

Those living in Winnipeg for 10 or fewer years are much more likely to feel lonely and to feel uncomfortable or out of place.

Those in Winnipeg for more than 10 years are much more likely to give to charity.