According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, social and economic status may be the most important determinants of health—that is, the most important factor that contributes to (or takes away from) your health. Your economic situation may have a greater impact on your health than your social environment, physical environment, or even genetics. No one single factor determines your health, but they are related and they do work together.
Learn more about income and substance use. Income is one of the most power determinants of health. It allows us to meet our needs like decent housing and food. However, there is a strong relationship between low income and substance use problems. In this section, you’ll also learn more about social assistance programs.