E-mobility ACES – Access, Climate and Economic Security

Dive into the latest insights from the report on e-mobility policy tools and strategies for local governments! This comprehensive study explores how provinces and municipalities can boost e-mobility adoption while focusing on climate action and economic equity.

Discover policy options and considerations shaped by community engagement, paving the way for a greener, more inclusive future.

Tenant Assistance Policy (TAP) Regional Collaboration Study: Project Report

Empowering Communities: The TAP Regional Collaboration Study

The initiation of the Tenant Assistance Policy (TAP) Regional Collaboration Study marks a significant effort towards enhancing support for tenants amidst redevelopment challenges. This collaborative project, driven by insights from communities in Victoria, Saanich, Colwood, Langford, Esquimalt, and Oak Bay under the Regional Household Affordability and Prosperity Project (RHAP), aims to streamline and strengthen TAP while addressing critical service gaps.

In partnership with the Community Social Planning Council (CSPC), RHAP fosters cooperation among municipalities to exchange best practices in housing affordability. Through ongoing research on housing and homelessness, this initiative seeks to raise awareness and drive positive change in local communities.

Explore how the TAP Regional Collaboration Study is shaping the future of tenant support and housing policy.

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Driving Change: BC Rent Bank’s 2023-24 Impact Report

As the BC Rent Bank program marks its fifth year since inception in 2019, it celebrates a remarkable evolution from a localized initiative to a seamlessly integrated provincial network of support. This past year has been pivotal, showcasing the program's ability to expand its scope and offer diverse forms of assistance crucial for enhancing renters' long-term resilience.

Discover the comprehensive insights and transformative outcomes achieved over the last 12 months in the BC Rent Bank 2023-24 Impact Report.

The Power of Partnerships in Transforming Regional Childcare

As part of the Regional Housing Affordability and Prosperity Project (RHAP), the Community
Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria, in collaboration with the Urban Development
Institute and RHAP municipalities (Victoria, Colwood, Langford, Esquimalt, and Saanich),
organized an event focused on informing and incentivizing the development of affordable, high-quality,
and inclusive childcare through the ChildCareBC New Spaces Fund.

Family Day Factsheet: No Family Left Behind 2024

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 Day, let's make sure that No Family Gets Left Behind.

Whole of Community System Response to Health and Homelessness

The Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria hosted a nation-wide webinar on January 19th, 2024 to discuss and learn about a whole systems response model to address homelessness in London, Ontario. This response is the first of its kind in Canada, offering comprehensive services to help the most marginalized unhoused Londoners move safely indoors, stabilize, access supports, and become sustainably housed. Learn more about this whole of community system response below.

Victoria Point-in-Time Count & Survey Results 2023

Greater Victoria participated in nationwide PiT Counts in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Point-in-Time counts add essential information to our understanding of how people experience homelessness in our region. This information will assist planners, funders, and agencies in developing appropriate responses to homelessness in our region as well as to measure progress in ending homelessness.

What is involved? The PiT count involves working in small teams to conduct a brief, anonymous survey with people who are experiencing homelessness. The indoor survey is conducted inside shelters and other homeless service facilities, while the outside survey is done outdoors, walking around a specific area or neighbourhood.

Findings from this years PiT count and survey were released on August 3, 2023.

This project is funded by the Reaching Home Program - Canada's Homelessness Strategy

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Centering The Person in Personal Identification And Health: A Scoping Review

The use of personal identification (PID) to access many of life’s essential services is easy for many to take for granted. However, not having PID can significantly impact and individual's health and well-being, excluding them from the most basic needs from health and shelter to income. The Community Council conducted a scoping review of academic and gray literature to explore existing research on how PID impacts health. Three main themes are clear in the research: the clear relationship between PID and personal health; the relationship between PID and the social determinants of health; and the disproportionate barriers faced by vulnerable populations.

Trauma Informed and Resilience Oriented Research Resource

This Trauma-Informed Resilience Oriented Research Resource (TIROR) including guidelines and principles are meant to inform how to undertake research with community co-researchers who have lived expertise with trauma and vulnerability, in a manner that supports their participation, health and wellness, and minimizes the risk of re-traumatization through participation in the research itself.