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Speaker Highlight: Gabu Heindl

July 19, 2021

Gabu Heindl is an architect and urban planner in Vienna and head of GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, a interdisciplinary studio specialized in public interventions, cultural or social buildings, urban research and urban planning. View Presentation Watch Video

Fixing housing affordability: Non-market solutions

June 17, 2021

Join us to learn about European and American non-market housing models and envision a future of affordable housing across British Columbia. This event is hosted by the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria in collaboration with Island Social Planners Connect. If you have the means, your donation helps support this event, which is running … Read more

Minimum wage – is the cost of living a burden low income workers or employers should shoulder?

June 8, 2021

British Columbia’s annual minimum wage increase went into effect last week with a 60 cent increase to $15.20/hour. Despite this increase, the minimum wage still falls almost $5 short of Victoria’s living wage for families. The 2019 living wage for the City of Victoria is $19.39/hour for families and even higher for individuals meaning the … Read more

A Doughnut Shaped Recovery for Greater Victoria

May 21, 2021

Register Now Can doughnut economics help us build a just recovery that is within our ecological limits? Are you a municipal leader or planner? A local business owner? A community leader? An interested community member? Are you working to merge social and environmental values in your work? Join us to hear from Andrew Fanning of … Read more

Greater Victoria Rent Bank secures key funding from BC Rent Bank and United Way Greater Victoria

May 12, 2021

Pilot project helping renters extends for one year Media Release Rent Bank One Pager

🚨NEWS: CSPC is launching a Greater Victoria Housing Relief Fund & Rent Bank Program

February 16, 2021

The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria and BC Rent Bank are launching a Rent Bank which will provide short term financial help for low-to-moderate income households at risk of losing their housing due to a temporary financial crisis. In conjunction with this the Community Council is also launching the Greater Victoria Housing Relief … Read more

Gender Balance in Entrepreneurship – What does that mean?

January 5, 2021

Gender Balance in Entrepreneurship – What does that mean? Gender balance in entrepreneurship means moving from ‘hero-preneurship’ to collaboration and away from hierarchy to scaling through adaptation or replication by others. As we start to re-build into a green, diverse, and inclusive economy, limiting the barriers women and newcomer entrepreneurs face will be essential. Did … Read more

More focus on BC youth transitioning out of care needed

December 16, 2020

The Community Social Planning Council welcomes the new report from BC’s Representative for Children and Youth that puts a spotlight on youth transitioning out of care. In the 2020 Point in Time Homeless Count for the Capital Region, 1 in 3 of the people experiencing homelessness had been in foster care or government care. This … Read more

📣 Shout-out: Thank-you BC Transit

November 23, 2020

The CSPC is giving a big SHOUT-OUT and THANK-YOU to BC Transit for donating reusable masks for the Community Council’s Low-Income Transit Assistance program. On Thursday, November 19th, the BC government announced further restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to surge and the concern of community spread grows. Masks are now mandatory for public indoor places … Read more

🚨NEWS: We are a Finalist!

October 15, 2020

The Community Social Planning Council is excited to announce that we are a finalist in this year’s City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting! This year’s Participatory Budgeting initiative is to support community projects benefiting new immigrants and refugees in Victoria. Our Project Active Inclusion in the Green Recovery does just that! For more on this project … Read more

🚨 NEWS: Victoria’s Times Colonist Reports on Financial Inclusion for the Green Economy Project

September 29, 2020

In the early summer, the Times Colonist sat down with Mikaila Montgomery, research coordinator at the council and discussed our Financial Inclusion in the Green Economy project- a project that sets its sights on addressing inequalities between genders by identifying current and future barriers to financial inclusion for women in the green economy. For more … Read more

🚨NEWS: Chek News Reports on the Seniors Project

September 29, 2020

April Lawrence from Chek News sat down with our senior researcher Margaret Forbes to discuss the findings from our recent published report Under Pressure: The rental housing experience of seniors living in James Bay, Victoria. In the interview, April and Margaret highlight that Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood has some of the highest rents in the … Read more