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Social Vulnerability Index

Identify populations that may be challenged during and post-pandemic due to limited social interactions 

The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) looks at Canadians who may be challenged during and post-pandemic due to limited social interactions, and its impact on their mental and social well-being. Governments and social service agencies understand that some Canadians will inevitably have difficulty coping. The Social Vulnerability Index in combination with PRIZM helps shed light on who is most likely to need social support and what populations are most at risk at the neighbourhood level. These insights help to design program support and communications with specific target populations in mind.

Every six-digit postal code in Canada has a Social Vulnerability Index which is calculated by weighting variables from the DemoStats, CommunityLifeCommunity Health and SocialValues databases. 

Navigate accelerated change

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

Identify who is 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 Social Vulnerability Index is calculated by weighting the variables from our DemoStats, CommunityLife, CommunityHealth, and SocialValues databases. Every postal code in Canada has an associated SVI.

SVI variables include:

  • Single-person households
  • Self-reported rates of poor or fair mental health
  • Rates of orientation towards “Community Involvement”
  • Confidence in being able to rely on others in the community
  • Measures of having close friends and family
  • Unemployment rate (pre-COVID estimates)
  • 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 Social Vulnerability Index including metadata and release notes on our community website.

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