Victoria mourns the loss of Justin Martin

June 1, 2020

Victoria mourns the loss of Justin Martin, a strong believer in community and a supporter of the Community Social Planning Council. Our condolences go to his family. The family has identified The Council has set up a small family directed fund in Justin Martin’s name. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timescolonist/obituary.aspx?n=justin-m-e-martin&pid=195715329

2020 Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Homeless Count Update

May 8, 2020

The 2020 Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Homeless Count took place on the night of March 11th and throughout the day on March 12th. You can read more about it here: Greater Victoria Homeless Count only sees ‘tip of the iceberg’’  Victoria homeless survey attempts to identify needs of people living on street Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Recognizing Essential Workers on May Day

May 1, 2020

May 1, International Workers Day, finds its origins in the 1886 Chicago Haymarket strike for the 8 hour day – something we take for granted today. This should give us pause. International Workers Day was established as a day to celebrate workers and their contributions, so that they are not taken for granted. We all … Read more

Letter to council regarding occupancy bylaw

February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020 Mayor and Council District of Saanich 770 Vernon Ave, Victoria BC, V8X 2W7 Sent via email to council@saanich.ca Dear Mayor and Council, Re: Unrelated occupants and Zoning Bylaw, 2003, Amendment Bylaw, 2020, No. 9608. We write in regard to the proposal to amend the unrelated occupants provisions of Zoning Bylaw, 2003. The … Read more

Greater Victoria household expenses up, but living wage for families down.

May 1, 2019

2019 Living Wage for families: $19.39. May 1, 2019 (Greater Victoria) Household expenses for raising a family in British Columbia increased again from 2018 to 2019. And if it hadn’t been for government policy – most notably BC’s new Affordable Child Care Benefit – the increase would have been close to ten thousand dollars, says the … Read more

Renters speak up about housing insecurity in the Capital region

March 14, 2019

VICTORIA – Survey reveals that Victoria’s tight housing market is meaning renovictions, demovictions, discrimination, living in poor quality housing, and increased vulnerability for renters. A new study by the Community Social Planning Council of Victoria and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental housing instability … Read more