Vital Signs

Vital Signs© is a national initiative, which helps identify the greatest needs for funding for the local community.

Vital Signs© is a community check-up that measures the local community’s health and vitality, identifies significant trends, and provides in-depth, up-to-date information about the people in the community and the environments in which they live, work, and go to school.

Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement, to provide focus for public debate, and to help a range of actors take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

It is Canada’s most extensive community-driven data program, spearheaded by Community Foundations of Canada and led by community foundations across Canada. More than 65 community foundations in Canada and 41 around the world take part, producing Vital Signs reports, hosting “Vital conversations” and more.

We partner with Toward Common Ground (TCG) to ensure the information provided by Vital Signs is accurate and local. We also work with a committee of community experts as a member of Toward Common Ground to ensure the report is examining the right issues.

In addition to a large report, we have also been focusing on individual issues in reports called Vital Focus. These focus on timely and important topics and are published throughout the year.

Follow the links below to read our most recent Vital Focus© reports

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