Our Community

Community engagement is a core piece of the council's mission and essential for conducting community-based research, supporting community and regional planning processes and bringing people together to address community issues.


Annual Report 2019-2020

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Community Engagement Throughout the Years

Participatory Budgeting

This year, we were chosen as a finalist in the 2020 City of Victoria's Participatory Budgeting. We engaged with community members, partners and friends through our social media networks and mailing lists encouraging people to participate in the vote!


Point-in-Time Homeless Count Volunteers

We coordinated our third one-day Point-in-Time Count of homeless people in the region on March 12, 2020 and had 175 citizen volunteers and 85 participating agencies.

Can't Stay Can't Go: Renters Roundtable

A study completed by us and the Victoria Tenants Action Group, Can’t Stay and Can’t Go: A participatory action research project on rental housing instability in Greater Victoria, brings forward renter voices about lived experiences in today’s housing crisis. Nearly 500 renters participated in the online survey and in-person round tables.

Youth Pathways: Engaging with Youth

In the fall of 2014, we hosted 6 focus groups in different locations across Greater Victoria and talked to 33 individual youth who identified as experiencing or being at-risk of homelessness. We also surveyed 50 youth who gave us important information about the circumstances that led them to where they were. Our team also talked to 7 service providers who work with at-risk, unstably housed, and homeless youth.

Local Waster into Local Jobs: Stakeholder Engagement

In the fall of 2009, 40 participant agencies were selected from the 2009 Capital Region Food Resource Directory on the criteria that they had some form of meal provision program in place. Agency programs were diverse in nature, including food cupboards, community kitchens, meal provision and food banks covering a broad range of focus groups including youth, natives, elderly, families and women.

The survey was completed in October though December 2009, with 20 agencies in the Capital Region and surrounding areas including Sooke, Sidney and Langford.

Food Matters! Forum

Every year, the Food Matters! Forum focuses on something that deepens and broadens our collective work around food in the region. In 2010, the CSPC looked at how we can use social media to connect and coordinate our work as well as utilize it to reach further with our communication efforts. A workshop on social media and how groups around the region was held, as well our keynote speaker at lunch Dr. Gilbert Wilkes challenged us to consider Social Media and our ability to “separate the signal from the noise".

Approximately 85 people attended the Forum, held at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Tool Kits, Guides & Facts Sheets

Family Day Fact Sheet: February 2021

No Family Left Behind

As we celebrate this family day, lets all take a moment and reflect on policies needed to properly support families living in the Greater Victoria Region and think of ways we can give back to our community and help support those who need it.

Ready to Work Youth Assessment Tool Kit
Ready to Work Employer Assessment Tool Kit
Affordable Housing for BC’s Capital Region: Tools for the Future
Innovating Seniors Housing Guide(s)
Capital Region Housing Data Book
The Happiness Booklet
Service Continuity Planning Guide for Community-Based Organizations
Ten Ways to Keep and Attract Your Staff
Capital Region Food Resource Directory
Employer Quick Reference Card
Legislation Affecting the Hiring and Retention of People with Barriers to Employment: A Guide for Employers
HR Options for Action: Build your Business and Community
Factsheets on Affordability in BC’s Capital Region: 2004