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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

We are a finalist!

September 15, 2020

What is your project? From a young woman developing a cup share to immigrant women upcycling clothing, the success of the green recovery hinges on opening doors for a diversity of entrepreneurs. There are inequalities in income and earnings for newcomer entrepreneurs while being a green entrepreneur comes with its own challenges. As we build … Read more

Under Pressure: Seniors Housing and Social Isolation in Victoria

September 15, 2020

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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

Point-in-Time Homeless Count Report 2020

July 31, 2020

2020 Greater Victoria Point-in-Time Count: The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria (CSPC) coordinated its third one-day Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in the region on March 12, 2020, a count and survey of homeless individuals in sheltered and unsheltered locations that provides a snapshot of where people slept on the night of March … Read more

FIGE Report 2020

July 30, 2020

Download the Media Release Download the Full Report Feature in Times Colonist  FIGE Webinar Report Infographic    

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

Transportation Access, Climate, Economic Security (ACES)

June 29, 2020

The Community Social Planning Council has been actively engaging with regional and international partners on just transitions. Within this initiative we have launched the Transportation ACES project to design a regionally focused climate equity framework for transportation decision making. We are interested in using this framework to maximize co-benefits in program planning decisions that lead … 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