Happiness & Wellbeing Lab

At the Happiness and Wellbeing Community Lab, community members, planning professionals, and community leaders can find data to inform the work they do and to guide decisions on what matters in the communities of Southern Vancouver Island.

In addition to providing rich data analysis, the Lab tells the stories hidden in the data, creates evidence-based documents, and hosts productive conversations related to Social Inclusion, Household Prosperity, Health, Climate Equity, and Economic Justice. Ultimately, the Happiness and Wellbeing Community Lab is about just that – making sure that changes to our communities are ones that promote total health, happiness and wellbeing.


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Lab Activities

Mapping Common Ground: Renewing Oak Bay’s Community Green Map

September 27, 2023

Join Wendy Brawer of New York, founding Director of Green Map System (GreenMap.org) for an inspiring talk on how Green Mapping helps communities around the world to be healthy, equitable and sustainable. Please see the event details below and … Read more

Community Green Mapping Presentation & Workshop

September 25, 2023

Join us for the visit of Wendy Brawer, the distinguished Director of Greenmap.org based in New York. With an impressive track record spanning over 25 years, Wendy has passionately contributed to the creation of numerous regional maps, notably within … Read more

United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Kick off Event

September 18, 2023

We strongly believe in the power of collaboration and collective action to create lasting positive change within our community. That’s why we were thrilled to be part of the inspiring United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Kickoff event. This … 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. … 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 … 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. … Read more

Achieving Gender Equity and Closing the Gender Pay Gap in the CRD

March 8, 2023

Women in the Capital Regional District (CRD) continue to earn less than men. The gap is even larger for visible minority women and women with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Women annually earn between 30 and 85 cents for … 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 … 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 the devastating heat dome in 2021 that killed 619 people … 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

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