Vital Signs goes Canada wide to grade community life.
CFC's national project is based on Toronto's Vital Signs, an indicator report developed by Toronto Community Foundation and first published in 2001. It is now a resource used by the City of Toronto and many other community organizations.
Anne Swarbrick, President and CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation, points out that the Toronto's Vital Signs "helped us see the connections between the growth in youth violence and the ten-year high in youth unemployment, the dramatic drop in youth involvement in all forms of recreational activity after the age of 12 and the extensive waiting lists for special education services."
Pilot projects are beginning with community foundations in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, and Montreal. Vital Signs will cover the Economy; the Poverty/Gap Between the Rich and the Poor; Safety Health & Wellness; Learning; Housing; Getting Started in Our Community; Arts & Culture; Environment; and Belonging and Leadership. A national summary report will be issued annually by Community Foundations of Canada starting in 2007.
Vital Signs measures indicators and consolidates research from many different sources and makes connections between issues and trends in areas critical to community health. Community foundations will work with local organizations to determine their report's key indicators and to identify sources of community data.
Community Foundations of Canada has a national membership of 155 that hold more than $2.3-billion in assets, giving more than $115-million in grants each year.
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Date:||May 22, 2006|
|Previous Article:||Montreal mega centre for intellectually disabled opposed.|
|Next Article:||U.S. credit counselling sector has been "poisoned", IRS head says.|