Developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) measures, monitors and reports on the quality of life in Canadian urban municipalities using data from a variety of national and municipal sources. Starting with 16 municipalities in 1999, the QOLRS has grown to include 20 municipalities. With 40 per cent of Canada’s total population, these municipalities comprise some of Canada’s largest urban centres, many of the suburban municipalities surrounding them, as well as small and medium-sized municipalities in seven provinces The first QOL report in 1999 looked at the social effects of the economic recession of the early 1990s. The second report in 2001 identified the beginning of an economic recovery in the second half of the 1990s. The first part of the third report, published in April 2004, provides highlights of an analysis of six quality of life factors in 20 Canadian municipalities from 1991 to 2001.