Publications

Local Government Levers for Housing Affordability

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As we navigate in an era marked by a nation-wide housing crisis, all levels of government are under pressure to address the challenge, although local governments are on the front lines. Municipalities also hold a pivotal role in orchestrating the changes needed to address the affordability challenges facing Canadian cities. This toolkit outlines the many … Read more

Saanich E-Bike Pilot Incentive Program Results

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The Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) of Greater Victoria has been actively engaging with regional and international partners on just transitions. Within this initiative the CSPC has launched the Transportation Access, Climate and Economic Security (ACES) project to design a regionally focused climate equity framework for transportation decision-making. The CSPC is using this framework to … Read more

Low-Income Targeted Climate Action Incentive Programs

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As summer temperatures rise and the climate crisis accelerates, many are looking to build resiliency and move away from fossil fuels where possible. The heat dome in 2021 was one of many extreme weather events yet to come, claiming more than 700 lives across the province. Despite the desire to shift habits, improve personal well-being … Read more

Walking the Talk: Building Equity into Climate Programs

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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

Women’s Day 2023 – The Gender Wage Gap in the CRD

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Women in the Capital Regional District continue to earn less than men. The gap is larger for visible minority women and women with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Women annually earn between 30 and 85 cents for each dollar a white man earns. For those who aren’t familiar, the gender pay gap refers to the … Read more

Family Day Factsheet: No Family Left Behind 2023

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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

Greater Victoria Living Wage Report 2022

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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

Filling the Gap: analytics to support housing for all in Greater Victoria

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Piloting the HART Method in Greater Victoria What is affordable? Affordable for whom? When is affordability not enough? These questions are at the core of housing needs assessments that allow governments to meet the housing needs of everyone in the region. The HART Method, developed by UBC’s Housing Research Collaborative, offers an approach to determining … Read more

Preparing for Extreme Heat Events

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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 in British Columbia – the majority of victims being renters, on low-income, and seniors – we … Read more

Gender diversity in couples

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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