Vital Signs reports use community knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities – gathering data and sparking conversation about significant social and economic trends to tell the story of how our community is faring in key quality-of-life areas. Vital Signs reports are launched the first week of October each year.Abbotsford Community Foundation produced its first Vital Signs Report in 2013 looking at issues including poverty, youth employment, food security, health and education. The following year, the Foundation examined areas that included work and economy, arts and culture, transportation and the environment.
Vital Signs 2019
We are pleased to share that the Abbotsford Community Foundation is once again participating in the Vital Signs program in 2019. Vital Signs reports use community knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities – gathering data and sparking conversation about significant social and economic trends to tell the story of how our community is faring in key quality of life areas. We anticipate publishing our report in October 2019.
This report will share our survey findings, including local data and significant indicators on the topics of housing, income, safety, and our local economy. This information helps community organizations like ours – as well as local governments, institutions, citizens and volunteers – to better understand and serve our community of Abbotsford.
In addition to utilizing hard data from sources such as Statistics Canada, analyses of our survey provides data on how Abbotsford views a number of important social or livability issues, including:
- Housing – Is Abbotsford dense enough? Should Abbotsford make efforts to slow down its population growth? Is homelessness taken seriously?
- Income – Do low income residents, including low income families and seniors, receive adequate support? Is the gap between the rich and the poor growing or shrinking in Abbotsford?
- Safety – Do community residents feel safe walking in their neighbourhoods? Has crime increased or decreased in the community?
- Work & our Local Economy – Do Abbotsford residents feel that their work is beneficial to the community’s economy, environment, and social fabric? Is Abbotsford’s economy getting stronger or weaker?
Previous Abbotsford Vital Signs Reports can be reviewed by clicking the links below.
Vital Conversations 2017
In May of 2017, Abbotsford Community Foundation and Abbotsford Community Development Council invited members of the community to come together in world café style format for a Vital Conversation concerning four key social issues: Homelessness, Poverty, Diversity and Parenting, as they relate to emerging issues in our community like the fentanyl crisis and gang violence.
- The Abbotsford Community Development Council (ACDC) is made up of senior representatives from the following organizations: Abbotsford Community Services, Abbotsford Community Foundation, Abbotsford Police Department, Abbotsford School District, City of Abbotsford, Fraser Health, Mennonite Central Committee, Ministry of Children and Family Development, United Way of the Fraser Valley, University of the Fraser Valley.
- The Council created a Vital Conversation document containing research on the four issues with a goal of proposing actions that can be taken locally through the sharing of knowledge and resources, supporting actions already underway, proposing that local research be undertaken and, advocating for action at the municipal, provincial or federal level. Please click on the link below to read the 2017 summary report.
Vital Signs 2016
Highlights of the 2016 report include:
- Safety is the #1 concern for Abbotsford (52%) and Fraser East (50%), compared to BC (35%) and Canada (30%).
- 47% of Abbotsford/Fraser East respondents ranked Reducing Use of Illegal Drugs as their #1 priority in identifying solutions for improving safety, compared to only 33% of respondents across BC.
- 44% in Abbotsford and 39% in Fraser East chose Reducing Levels of Gang Violence as their #2 priority in identifying solutions for improving safety, compared to only 25% province wide.
- When asked “Do you feel safe walking in your neighborhood after dark?”, 68% of Abbotsford residents said “yes”, compared to 78% across BC. The main concern was a violent attack (26%), compared to the province at 19%.
To read the BC report as well as regional reports, including Fraser East, please visit www.vancouverfoundationvitalsigns.ca.
Community Foundations of Canada recently recently released its national survey “Arts & Belonging”.
Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation also produced a special report in 2015 on Sport and Belonging.