Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Mental Health

Work Stress

Overall
By Age
By Income
By Education

Overall

According to the 2013/14 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted by Statistics Canada, 28.2% (24.2%, 32.7%) of employed Simcoe Muskoka residents (ages 20+) reported their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful, which was similar to the provincial average during the same survey period. The trend in perceived work stress among employed adults (20+) in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario has remained relatively stable between 2003 and 2013/14.

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By Age

Self-reported work stress among working adults is lowest among seniors (65+).  In Simcoe Muskoka in 2013/2014, 13.3% (8.0%, 21.4%) of seniors (65+) indicated that they perceived their work as quite a bit or extremely stressful, significantly lower than the rates among older adults (45-64) at 31.7% (25.4%, 38.7%) and younger adults (20-44) at 26.9% (21.4%, 33.2%).

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By Income

There was no significant difference across income quintiles in perceived work stress among workers (ages 20+) in Simcoe Muskoka in the 2013/2014 CCHS survey, although this is difficult to interpret as there is high variability in the estimates. Across Ontario as a whole, 32.1% (30.1%, 34.2%) of persons in the highest income quintile reported that work was quite a bit or extremely stressful, significantly higher than the rate among persons in the lowest income quintile at 23.9% (20.8%, 27.4%).

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By Education

In Ontario, 32.4% (31.4%, 34.6%) of workers (ages 20+) who reported completing a degree or higher reported that their work was quite a bit or extremely stressful in the 2013/2014 CCHS survey. This was significantly higher than the rate among those who reported a certificate or diploma as their highest level of education at 28.5% (26.9%, 30.2%) and among those who completed high school or less at 24.9% (22.8%, 27.1%).

Perceived work stress in Simcoe Muskoka was similar to the provincial results across all educational attainment levels.  In addition, significant differences in perceived work stress across educational categories was not observed among Simcoe Muskoka workers.

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