The West Vancouver Foundation is one of over 200 community foundations in Canada. Since 1979, we’ve been connecting the generosity and aspirations of donors with the people and organizations that want to make change, inspired by one simple goal: to make a difference through thoughtful, effective philanthropy.

Our Vital Signs community indicators initiative helps us better appreciate who lives here and how well their needs are being met – from the most basic needs – food, shelter, safety – to those that give quality to life, such as places and opportunities to play, learn, and create.

Since our first Vital Conversation in 2015, the West Vancouver Foundation has utilized Vital Signs research, indicators, and insights to measure the vitality of West Vancouver, identify significant trends, and support action towards improving quality of life.

Community indicators are measurements that provide evidence-based information about social, economic, and environmental factors that affect the health and well-being of a community and its residents. They show trends over time, and/or comparisons with other geographical areas, and help inform and engage community members, civic leaders, elected representatives, and non-profit organizations. They provide a valuable tool for informing priorities and decision-making, policy development, inspiring civic engagement, and helping direct resources where they will have the greatest impact. They also provide a foundation for exploring the relationship between indicators, and whether they interact to enhance or diminish community well-being and vitality.

Information for indicators comes from a variety of sources, such as Statistics Canada, census data, other federal, provincial, and local governments and agencies, and non-profit organizations. They are selected on the basis of being objective, relevant, and meaningful, from valid and reliable sources, and representative of diverse perspectives.