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The intersection of climate transitions and equity

September 27, 2022

On September 20th, 2022, Climate Equity team members Lorenzo Magzul and Chelsea Power had the opportunity to speak to the BC Poverty Reduction Community of Practice. The CoP meets monthly to learn from each other, to enable professional self-development, and to build capacities of their local poverty reduction initiatives. You can view the presentation as … Read more

Policy + Protection: How municipalities can increase density while protecting tenants

September 27, 2022

In a push to increase housing supply, tenant displacement, increased rental costs, and decreased access are often unintended consequences. However, local governments can implement policies that help to minimize these negative effects. Join us from 12-1:30pm PST on September 28th for a solutions-based conversation. This is a chance for you to have your ideas heard … Read more

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

September 14, 2022

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

Missing Middle Housing

August 9, 2022

On August 4, The Community Social Planning Council share this presentaiton to Victoria Council, highlighting support for the Missing Middle Housing Initiative in Victoria. Here are three key points of the Missing Middle Housing Initiative: This initiative will increase housing supply in terms of sheer numbers and housing type options. Increased density has a positive … Read more

Preparing for Extreme Heat Events

July 20, 2022

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

July 20, 2022

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

July 14, 2022

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

July 13, 2022

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

June 14, 2022

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

BC Carbon Pricing Review Equity Survey

June 2, 2022

In May and June of this year, the Community Social Planning Committee of Greater Victoria supported B.C.’s Carbon Pricing Review by hosting multiple engagement sessions for vulnerable populations and the agencies that work with them, creating and distributing an online survey, and collating what was recorded in the sessions and through the survey in a … Read more

2022 Doughnut Webinar Recording

April 25, 2022


New personal ID service helps people move out of homelessness

March 9, 2022

The Community Social Planning Council announces a new service for people in need and those supporting them. The Greater Victoria Coordinated ID Services offer assistance applying for ID, coverage of application fees, and safe ID storage. More details are available at communitycouncil.ca/Id-service and in the full release below. Launch Press Release