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🚨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

Under Pressure: The Rental Housing Experience of Seniors Living in James Bay

September 17, 2020

James Bay New Horizons for Seniors Society, a neighbourhood community hub for seniors, approached CSPC prompted by increasing concerns they were hearing from seniors who were:   struggling to pay high rents,   had lost or were at risk of losing their housing due to renovation evictions, and    struggling to find affordable housing.    The neighbourhood of James Bay in the City of Victoria has … Read more

Comment: Homeless people camping at Beacon Hill are mostly from here

August 19, 2020

As published in the Times Colonist, The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria’s Executive Director Diana Gibson and Executive Director of Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Kelly Roth commented on the regions Homelessness concerns.  Read more 

People don’t move to Victoria to be homeless – that is an urban myth

August 12, 2020

There is a common misconception that a large portion of the individuals experiencing homelessness in Greater Victoria have moved to the community recently. The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey has time and time again demonstrated that people experiencing homelessness are not moving to the region to be homeless. Instead, high rents, low vacancy rates, low wages and … Read more

Vital People: Project aims to help women succeed in green economy

July 27, 2020

The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria has embarked upon 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. The project, Financial Inclusion for the Green Economy, is hosted by the Community Social Planning Council, working collaboratively … Read more

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