Vital Signs
Community Foundations of Canada
Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. It provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.
On October 7, 2014, 27 community foundations across Canada launched their own local Vital Signs reports. In addition, Community Foundations of Canada launched their national report. To learn more about this year's Vital Signs, visit
Every year, through Canada's Vital Signs, issues concerning youth rise to the top of the agenda: unemployment, high school completion rates and the challenges posed by record levels of inactivity and obesity.
Vital YouthConsequently, in 2012, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) decided to concentrate on youth issues – collecting disparate research from many sources to create a more complete picture of Canada's young people.
We found the predictable trajectory that guided the lives of the previous generation is gone. Today's youth are growing up in an era of complexity and uncertainty. Changes have delayed, or even destroyed, the landmarks that once signaled a transition from one phase of life to another.

The goal of Vital Youth and the Vital Youth Dialogue is to be a catalyst for community conversations. To learn more and to read the full report from CFC, visit Vital Youth.  

CFC has other reports and research that may be of interest. To learn more, visit Canada's Vital Signs 2011 (research and findings).

Guelph and Wellington's Vital Signs
Guelph and Wellington’s Vital Signs® is a report card that measures the health of our community, identifies significant trends and assigns grades in areas critical to the quality of life. By taking the pulse of our community, we highlight both areas of concern and areas of celebration. The Vital Signs report informs us in our grant making, reveals issues and opportunities for donors and serves as a guidepost for a variety of community conversations and plans.

Areas of concern identified in the 2009 report:

~ The gap between rich and poor continues to grow;
~ Poverty is a concern as unemployment rates climb;
~ People are at risk of homelessness in Guelph and Wellington and the wait for social housing has increased.
Guelph & Wellingtons 2009 Vital Signs Report-page 4

2009 VitalSigns® documents available for download:
Vital Signs Report 2009 
(best version for quick downloads - released October 6/09)
Vital Signs Report 2009 with Data Sources
(Extended Version - released October 6/09)
Vital Signs Report 2009 Condensed Version 
(best version for printing - released October 6/09)
Guelph Mercury Insert Vital Signs 2009

Guelph & Wellington's Vital Signs 2008
2008 VitalSigns® documents available for download:
how we did it
VitalSigns® began in 2008, when we published our first report. We collected data from a variety of sources, both local and national. The indicators addressed in the report card include:
Gap Between Rich and Poor; Safety; Health and Wellness; Learning; Housing; Getting Started in our Community; Arts and Culture; Environment; Work; Getting Around; Belonging and Leadership; Families (2008 report only).
Hundreds of individuals, representing all municipalities and townships in Guelph & Wellington, participated in a grading process by assigning a grade to each indicator statement and issue area.
thank you for supporting our Vital Signs project
The Co-operators for financial support.
The Guelph Mercury for assisting us with media support.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation for financial support.
thank you to our Vital Signs Advisory Committee
Lynn Broughton, Guelph Downtown Business Association
Ken Dardano, United Way of Guelph & Wellington
Lynda Davenport, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
The Late Hugh Guthrie, The Guelph Community Foundation
Ken Hammill, The Guelph Community Foundation
Lawrence Kuk, City of Guelph
Vern Lediett, Trellis Mental Health & Development Services
Jane Londerville, Wellington & Guelph Housing Committee
Daniel Moore, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph & Wellington
Paul Truex, Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network
Brenda Whiteside, University of Guelph
Vital Signs 2009
Guelph & Wellington's VitalSigns®: Read the report. Discuss it. Dig deeper. Find a way to make a difference.