Publications

Filling the Gap: analytics to support housing for all in Greater Victoria

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Piloting the HART Method in Greater Victoria What is affordable? Affordable for whom? When is affordability not enough? These questions are at the core of housing needs assessments that allow governments to meet the housing needs of everyone in the region. The HART Method, developed by UBC’s Housing Research Collaborative, offers an approach to determining … Read more

Preparing for Extreme Heat Events

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While this summer has, so far, been on the cool side for Greater Victoria, the risk still exists for extreme heat events in July, August, and even September. Following last year’s devastating heat dome that killed 619 people in British Columbia – the majority of victims being renters, on low-income, and seniors – we hope … Read more

Drivers of Homelessness Event Video

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On June 22, local, provincial, and national experts on housing and homelessness discussed “Drivers of Homelessness: Findings for Action” – a new report authored by the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) and funded by SPARC-BC. The report shows how structural factors and systems failures interact with personal crises to drive people towards … Read more

Gender diversity in couples

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Canada is the first country to collect and publish data on gender diversity from a national census   Sources & Analysis: Gender diversity status 2021 Census Statistics Canada: https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2021/ref/98-20-0001/982000012021002-eng.cfm

Income disparity in Greater Victoria

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On July 13, 2022 Statistics Canada released data from the 2021 Census that included a portrait of Canada’s families and households, and an income profile of Canadian households. This data update contained both good news and bad news for residents of Greater Victoria. The good news? Incomes are rising for everyone from the lowest income … Read more

Drivers of Homelessness event & report launch

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On June 22, 2022 local, provincial, and national experts on housing and homelessness discussed the CSPC’s new report, Drivers of Homelessness: Findings for Action. Speakers at the event included Esther de Vos, Executive Director of Research for BC Housing; Erin Dej, Assistant Professor at Wilfred Laurier University and researcher with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness; Hannah … Read more

Women’s Day 2022 – the gender wage gap in the CRD

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Women in the Capital Regional District continue to earn less than men. The gap is larger for visible minority women and women with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Women annually earn between 30 and 75 cents for each dollar a white man earns. Where does this gap come from? Various intersecting factors feed into these … Read more

Family Day Fact Sheet: No Family Left Behind 2022

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Pandemic, housing crisis, economic pressures — how are different families in Victoria experiencing this challenging moment, and how can we support their overall social, economic, and mental well-being and resilience in the region? The facts presented in this info sheet reveal where challenges continue to present themselves and point us in the direction of solutions. … Read more

Equity in Zoning: a community discussion paper

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Download the Equity in Upzoning discussion paper

Living Wage Report 2021

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(Greater Victoria) Household expenses, particularly housing and food costs, are driving up the cost of raising a family, says the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, in its 2021 Living Wage report, released today. Greater Victoria is a close second for the highest living wage in the province ( following Vancouver). Report Media Presser … Read more