The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) includes a question that may be a bit off topic but it’s a good one nevertheless. The survey asks whether a person’s “Sense of belonging to local community is somewhat strong or very strong”. In the most recent four years that data is available, there has been a strong drop in the percentage of people confirming a strong sense of belonging to a local community.
There has been a fairly significant drop in this indicator in the four year period. I can’t quite understand the Moncton figures unless it is related to the in-migrants not quite feeling attached to the local community. But I am more concerned with the Northern NB numbers. The Bathurst/Acadian Peninsula area has witnessed a deep decline in sense of belonging – now only just over 1 in 2 adults say they have a strong sense of belonging to the local community.
I have a theory that chronic and sustained economic development challenges spill over into the social realm as well.
Sense of belonging to local community, somewhat strong or very strong