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Frailty Index

Identify populations who may face difficulty in day-to-day activities due to impediments related to age, physical limitations or health

The Frailty Index (FI) identifies Canadians by neighbourhood who are more likely to have difficulty going about day-to-day activities in their communities due to age, physical limitations or health, especially conditions that are comorbidities of concern for COVID-19. The frailty index is largely a picture of senior populations across Canada. Canadians with higher disease prevalence score strongly on this index.

Governments, health providers, retailers, restaurants and financial services can use the Frailty Index to design better services and communications for the populations that they serve. These may include support for residents in running day-to-day errands, offering home delivery services (even as business closures ease) or providing help in understanding what precautions to take to protect themselves from infection.

Navigate accelerated change

Align products and services to support your market in a changing health landscape

Identify who is most at risk

Effectively monitor and protect the neighbourhoods that are potentially at a higher risk

Tailor your response

Design initiatives to meet the specific needs of those who are most vulnerable

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Better Understand the Populations You Serve

The Frailty Index is calculated by weighting the variables from our CommunityHealth and DemoStats databases. Every postal code in Canada has an associated FI.

FI variables include:

  • Population 65 years and older
  • Self-reported health as poor or fair
  • Self-reported presence of physical limitations
  • Physically inactive
  • Household income
  • Prevalence of COPD, heart disease, cancer, asthma and diabetes


Answer Common Questions


  • Which neighbourhoods should be monitored closely? 
  • How many households in my jurisdiction will likely need support? How can we rank them based on need?
  • Where can we allocate our resources for minimum investment and maximum impact?
  • Which segments are likely the most susceptible to health-related complications?
  • What is the best way to reach out and support them?


Find more information about the Frailty Index including metadata and release notes on our community website.


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