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Sustainable and inclusive communities creating their own social, economic and environmental futures.

Community Social Planning Council

Research | Insights | Solutions

Current Initiatives

BC Transit Ticket Assistance Program

BCTTAP Since 1997, the Victoria Regional Transit Commission has provided free bus tickets to the Community Social Planning Council to distribute through social service agencies to their clients with urgent transportation needs. The Council, through an innovative partnership with social service nonprofit agencies, developed an efficient and effective process to double the number of tickets that are distributed at no charge to people living on low income in BC’s Capital Region.

Innovation in Seniors Housing

Sooke’s best kept secret: A senior cohousing community with 31 units sets a Canadian standard Sooke’s Harbourside Cohousing is going full steam aheadCandian Seniors Cohousing logo. The Council is working with the Canadian Seniors Cohousing Society on a new “How to Guide” on innovations in seniors housing. The project is funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and the CSPC to research innovative models of housing and community living in Canada and elsewhere and apply best practices to different forms of seniors housing that enable people to age healthily in community.http://sooke.pocketnews.ca/sookes-harbourside-cohousing-is-going-full-steam-ahead/

Labour Market Partnership Project

LMP logoThe Capital Region Labour Market Partnership Project has assessed current and future skills gaps in the labour market, and recommend labour force development strategies to address those gaps. The Capital Region Labour Market Partnership Project was supported by the Employment Program of BC with funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia and managed by the West Shore Chamber in collaboration with the Greater Victoria Development Agency. The research was conductedby the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria.

Living Wage and Living Wage Employers Program

The Living Wage, calculated and released each year by the Community Social Planning Council, reflects the real costs of living through the hourly wage required to enjoy an adequate quality of life in our region.

 

 

Living Wage EmployerThe Living Wage Employer Program in the Capital Region works to raise awareness around the cost of living in the Capital Region, and to work with employers to become certified living wage employers.

Resource Recovery Labour Market Partnership Project

Combining our region’s environmental, social and economic sustainability objectives, the Resource Recovery Labour Market Partnership examined the potential of low barrier and other job creation in the Capital Region’s recycling sector.  This project engaged scientific, technical, industry, employment and social agency stakeholders to explore opportunities, priority areas of focus, and the partnerships needed to achieve potential local job creation.

Social Enterprise Incubator

SE IncubatorThe Social Enterprise Incubator is a new program designed to support the launch of new social enterprises on Vancouver Island. Through a series of workshops, the Incubator program will guide participants in developing and validating a business plan for their enterprise concept.

YPQI Home

We are a dynamic community of organizations, youth workers, funders, and youth advocates in Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay and the West Shore.  Our work with the YPQI ensures we are providing rich learning environments to support the healthy development of young people.