Victoria Nurtures report highlights city’s unique challenges and potential opportunities

Victoria, BC – The Canadian Urban Institute, in collaboration with the Victoria Foundation and City of Victoria, is proud to announce the release of Victoria Nurtures: Vital Conversations for Our Shared Future — a comprehensive report that shares diverse perspectives on Victoria’s future as an inclusive, sustainable and vibrant city that builds on its assets and potential. Read the report here.

“It’s thrilling to see the publication of Victoria Nurtures,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “This report captures the wisdom, intelligence and passion of our residents who generously shared their lived experiences, their challenges and their ideas for how we create a shared and inclusive future together.”

Here are some major ideas that Victoria’s residents expressed about the city:Victoria Nurtures report

  • Housing affordability is a significant concern that causes anxiety, limits opportunities, and complicates economic revitalization.
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous people will take years of meaningful action; many people expressed optimism for innovative programs like the City Family.
  • The impacts of climate change are increasingly evident, galvanizing people to push for urgent action.

Victoria Nurtures features the key learnings from CUI x Victoria — an October 2021 event that involved two dozen virtual meetings, working group sessions and workshops, with over 60 organizations and more than 100 individuals. CUI x Victoria was inspired by Vital Signs, the Victoria Foundation’s annual community check-up that measures the vitality of our region, identifies concerns, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life.

“The release of Victoria Nurtures is another chance to listen and learn from our community, to hear our successes but most importantly, what needs support in our city,” says Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. “Fostered by diverse dialogue centred on Victoria’s 2021 Vital Signs report, the Victoria Nurtures report will help carry forward the Victoria Foundation’s goal of creating a vibrant, caring community for all.”

Today (May 27) at 11:00 a.m. PT, the Canadian Urban Institute is hosting an online CityTalk event to launch Victoria Nurtures. This session takes place during CUI x Halifax and focuses on the unique challenges and exciting opportunities for mid-sized Canadian cities like Victoria and Halifax. Mayor Helps and Christina Clarke, CEO, Songhees Nation Economic Development Corporation, will participate in the panel discussion. Register here.

“This report is an invitation to discover Victoria, to dip in and out, visiting its corners and its main streets, to hear how the city is moving. People told us what’s special about their city and how they’ve been able to achieve successful, inspiring outcomes,” says Mary W. Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute. “CUI x Victoria wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of the City of Victoria and the Victoria Foundation, who co-designed the program, reached out to participants, managed logistics, fostered deep conversations and listened with the intent to act.

Background

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is the national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building, where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists, and academics can learn, share and collaborate from coast to coast to coast. CUI believes that, by growing the connective tissue within and between cities of all sizes, we can, together, make urban Canada all that it can be.

Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and the sixth largest of nearly 200 nation-wide. The Victoria Foundation manages charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, income-earning funds. The proceeds from these funds are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date the Victoria Foundation has invested over $285 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in BC and throughout Canada.