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Socio-economic index (SEI)


The socio-economic index (SEI) is a measure of socio-economic status. This map shows how communities and subcommunities rank in their SEI scores, by grouping scores into six intervals. SEI scores are provided for each community and subcommunity, along with bar graphs that show how the five factors that make up the SEI contribute to the SEI score. The five factors are: economic stability (E), social mobility (S), cultural similarity (C), vulnerability (V) and child care (CC).


High scores indicate a high socio-economic status (SES), except for vulnerability where the reverse is true. Please keep in mind that a score of 100 is not possible because SES is complex and difficult to measure. For more information on SES, click here.


How to navigate and read information



1.    Moving around the map

To zoom, use the Zoom in button + or the Zoom out button -, the mouse and scroll wheel, or the arrow keys on the keyboard. To zoom in, you can also press and hold the SHIFT key and drag a box on the map.


To zoom the map to its initial view, click the Default view button.


To pan, use your mouse and scroll wheel or the arrow keys on your keyboard.


To find your current location, click the Find my location button . You may need to authorize the site to access your location information. Your results may vary based on your connection type, Internet service provider, physical location, network, and browser.


To switch the base map, mouse over the Layers menu. The Layers button also allows you to display the community or subcommunity boundary layer on the map.

Please note: The accuracy and updating of base maps is the responsibility of base map providers.


If you have a Mac with OS X 10.6 or greater, you can take advantage of multitouch gestures by dragging two fingers to pan and zoom the map. The default behavior is to pan. To zoom, press and hold the Shift key to zoom in or out. Dragging two fingers toward you zooms in; dragging two fingers away zooms out.


2.    Title bar


Displays the title of the map.


3.    Legend


SEI scores are displayed in six clases using the equal interval method. Lighter colours mean higher SEI scores and darker colors mean lower scores.


4.    Pop-ups


Pop-ups provide information about communities and subcommunities. Move mouse to a location on the map and left click. A pop-up will appear showing the overall SEI score at the top and then a graph of the five SEI factors showing how each contributes to the socio-economic status of the community or subcommunity. When you move the mouse over each bar, the percentage is displayed.


5.    Footer


This section shows other important messages on how to interpret the web map.


6.    Search options


Type in an address to quickly find the community where it is located.




7.    Set layer transparency


Allows you to incresase the map transparency so that you can identify base map features such as roads, cities, towns, etc. Decrease the layer trasparency to focus on the layer details and hide the base map underneath.