Community Vital Signs

Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement and provide focus for public debate in our communities and around the world. Vital Signs reports and Vital Conversations are used by residents, businesses, community organizations, universities and colleges, and government leaders to take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

First started by Toronto Foundation in 2001, Vital Signs is now a global program that has engaged more than 85 communities in Canada and around the world to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.

Vital Signs reports

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 Canadian communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.

Vital Signs reports are launched the first week of October each year. Current and past publications are available on our Community Vital Signs report page organized by year and community.

Vital Conversation

Vital Conversation is a facilitated discussion with community members to learn more about the social and economic trends impacting local quality of life. The conversations are often used as a starting point to identify local priorities and mobilize a community into action.

Vital Conversations can serve as a springboard to strengthen local relationships, develop new partnerships and begin to engage in the Vital Signs program. Check out these helpful tools and resources for more information.

How to get involved

Community leaders, groups and foundations interested exploring how to get involved in the Vital Signs program may contact Cindy Lindsay, Director of Member Services with Community Foundations of Canada.

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