While “Victoria” is in the name of Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey, its reach – and impact – extends far beyond the core communities.
The annual survey from the Victoria Foundation aims to assess what works, and what needs a little help, in neighbourhoods throughout the Capital Region, from Sooke to Sidney and everywhere in between.
Combining feedback from the survey participants with local statistics, the Victoria’s Vital Signs report paints a fuller picture of life in the region – everything from transportation and housing to the arts and environment. Measuring the vitality of our region, the annual check-up identifies significant trends and assigns grades to issue areas that are critical to quality of life throughout the Capital Region.
Also responsive to current trends and issue areas, this year’s questions again explore the continuing impact of COVID-19 on our community, in addition to areas such as inclusiveness, diversity and a sense of belonging.
Here’s why that matters:
From the survey, the Victoria’s Vital Signs report helps inform both local governments and donors as they direct dollars and resources to areas of the greatest need. Here on the West Shore, for example, a grant brought SingYourJoy, a community-building youth and young adult choir, to West Shore communities, recognizing that 20 per cent of the region’s young adults live in this part of the region and can’t readily access weekly rehearsals in the core.
Other grants have helped Rocky Point Bird Observatory volunteers and staff track migrating birds to monitor bird population trends and protect local ecosystems we all rely upon.
“Greater Victoria is a dynamic region and while our neighbourhoods share many similarities, there are some unique differences, too. By encouraging wide-ranging participation from residents of all ages, backgrounds and communities, we are able to create a more fully developed picture of our region,” says Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson.
It’s quick + easy: Take the survey today!
Launched last week, the 16th annual Victoria’s Vital Signs Survey continues through July 1.
In an effort to encourage more voices from throughout the region, this year’s Vital Signs Survey has also been streamlined, making it shorter and quicker to fill out.
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.