Many aspects of Canadian society constitute the setting in which we live and thus influence our well-being. Different from the indicators of well-being, the "Canadians in Context" sections describe in general who we are as Canadians: our population, where we live, what attitudes and perceptions we hold, and how satisfied we are with our lives.
The sections also describe how these aspects of society have changed over time. Canada has undergone tremendous change since Confederation in 1867, and change is expected to continue in the future. For example, our society has become much less rural than in the past, many more women are in the workforce, and family structure has changed considerably, with fewer children in most families. These changes affect who we are and what we believe, requiring adjustments in the way we live our lives and organize society.
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