Victoria’s Vital Signs is back for 2022 asking “What does community mean to you?”

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Foundation is proud to launch the seventeenth Vital Signs citizen survey creating the basis for the 2022 Vital Signs report. We are asking residents of Greater Victoria to complete the survey to let us know the best and most important issues in the region.

This year, the Victoria Foundation is going deeper into an exploration of what does community mean to you? The theme for 2022 puts a focus on community, which is at the core of the Vital Signs program. It also builds on the theme of equity and inclusion from 2021. In last year’s survey 58% of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour indicated they feel included in the community, while 42% do not. Part of the goal for this year is to better understand why some people feel included and how to be more inclusive of others.

“The Victoria Foundation’s vision is to create a vibrant, caring community for all. The annual community check-up provides us a gauge of how we’re doing, and what we need to work on as a community.” said Sandra Richardson, Victoria Foundation Chief Executive Officer. “We have shortened and further streamlined the survey in 2022, and I encourage you to have your opinion heard!”

Along with the special focuses, the Vital Signs survey asks respondents to weigh in on the 12 Vital Signs issue areas critical to our wellbeing, such as housing, safety, health & wellness, and the economy. The information provided will be incorporated into the 2022 Victoria’s Vital Signs report, to be released this fall.

The final report will be a combination of public opinion and statistics that provides a snapshot of livability and wellbeing in Greater Victoria. The Vital Signs survey runs until July 4, and residents can find a link to the survey on the Victoria Foundation website at victoriafoundation.ca.

Victoria’s Vital Signs was launched in 2006 as an initiative of the Victoria Foundation’s 70th anniversary. The presenting sponsor for the 2022 Victoria’s Vital Signs is Coast Capital.

Vital Signs is a national program coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages community knowledge to measure the vitality of where we live and supports action towards improving our quality of life. Started by the Toronto Foundation in 2001, today hundreds of communities across Canada and around the world use Vital Signs to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact. 

Background

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 more than $285 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities locally and throughout Canada.

About Coast Capital Savings

Coast Capital is Canada’s largest credit union by membership and B.C.’s first federal credit union. Owned by its nearly 600,000 members, Coast Capital offers banking and investment services digitally across Canada, and through its 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. A certified B Corporation and Imagine Canada Caring Company, Coast Capital is committed to creating profits through purpose, investing 10 per cent of its budgeted bottom line in community organizations that empower young Canadians. With a long list of prestigious business accolades, Coast Capital is most notably a B.C. Top Employer, one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and is also recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ as a Hall of Fame designate.

 

Media contact: Jonathon Dyck, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
P. 250.381.5532      E. jdyck@victoriafoundation.bc.ca