Is the crime rate for Victoria climbing or going down? Are people consuming more alcohol here compared to the rest of Canada, or less? Are we losing precious acres of Agricultural Land Reserve every year? (hint, we’re actually gaining more)
These are just a sampling of the multitude of facts and figures contained in the Victoria Foundations 2018 Victoria’s Vital Signs report released today. The annual magazine-style publication, supported by signature sponsor Coast Capital Savings, is unique to the region. This year nearly 1,800 residents from Sooke to Sidney participated in the survey, grading 12 key issue areas including housing, transportation, the economy and arts and culture. They also provided information related to their quality of life and overall satisfaction with life in Greater Victoria.
A 6-page feature story within the report looks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a 15-year plan that embodies the word’s collective vision for a thriving and sustainable planet. The article takes a look at both the global framework for the goals, as well as some examples of organizations embracing their role in a local context.