Sustainable Communities

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We work with regional and municipal governments, community partners, and businesses to improve proactive sustainability planning that integrates social, economic, and environmental considerations and meet the needs of families and children, particularly those that are most vulnerable.

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SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PUBLICATIONS

Walking the Talk: Building Equity into Climate Programs

April 24, 2023

As Canadian cities roll out climate action plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with Canada’s objective of reaching net zero carbon by 2050, it is crucial that equity is embedded in each step in developing these plans. Embedding equity considerations in climate action plans can help disadvantaged communities that disproportionately bear the … Read more

Lessons From Helsinki: Homelessness & Housing First Approaches

April 6, 2023

This event focuses on lessons from Finland in utilizing the Housing First Model. This model has been successfully implemented in other cities and countries globally. In Finland this model is credited with helping to virtually eliminate experiences of homelessness. While more hidden forms of homelessness remain, such as staying with friends informally, this model has … Read more

Family By Design: Designing Cities for Families

April 6, 2023

How can we design our region to be suitable for children and families? Considering housing affordability concerns, residents can experience challenges when looking for housing suitable for families. This event will focus on regional needs for family housing and speak to Canadian municipalities that have implemented innovative tools and policies for family friendly cities. Other … Read more

Revitalizing Downtown Spaces in a Hybrid Work Environment

April 6, 2023

How do we respond to changing needs in downtown cores, when considering implications for community health and well-being, economic prosperity, inclusivity and sustainability? As many jobs have implemented working-from-home opportunities, the use of downtown cores has changed as well. Discussions may cover topics such as creating more green spaces, pedestrianizing streets, supporting local businesses, investing … Read more

Executive Director Update

March 8, 2023

The critical role of social planning in creating sustainable and vibrant communities cannot be overstated. As such, I am pleased to share important updates from the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) regarding our efforts towards achieving more just and equitable communities in Greater Victoria. Our recent activities include addressing issues related to homelessness, gender equity, … Read more

Struggling to Make Ends Meet: What It Means for Families of the CRD

February 21, 2023

This year’s Family Day Factsheet highlights inflation pressures, cost of living, and housing as top issues. Family Day is a day that allows us to be together, celebrate one another and embrace all that is good about those who enrich our lives. But, did you know that 1 in 15 families living in the Greater … Read more

Family Day Factsheet: No Family Left Behind 2023

February 17, 2023

As part of the Happiness and Wellbeing Lab project, the United Way South Vancouver Island and Community Council release an annual family day fact sheet. The fact sheet brings awareness that even though we may all be in the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. As we celebrate this BC Family … Read more

Want to give back this holiday season?

December 13, 2022

As the living wage soars, 1 in 11 families in Greater Victoria are considered low-income. Even more alarming is the fact that over 14% of local children are living in poverty, according to a recent study by the CSPC. We believe that an equitable, sustainable, and affordable Greater Victoria is in reach, but is only … Read more

Living Wage Report 2022 Event

November 1, 2022

The Living Wage is the hourly wage that two working parents with two young children must each earn to meet their basic expenses (including rent, child-care, medical needs, food, and transportation), once government taxes, credits, deductions and subsidies have been taken into account. The Living Wage for our region is calculated annually by the Community … Read more

Making Affordable Housing Happen: Non-profit Solutions for Cities

October 25, 2022

What is affordable? What can municipalities and the non-profit sector do to help achieve affordability? Housing affordability has been out of reach for many people living in our communities for a substantial period of time. A change to the status quo is necessary in order to develop a healthy economy where housing serves as a … Read more