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Vital Signs & Explorations


Vital Signs uses local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and support action towards improving collective quality of life. 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. 

The 2019 Vital Signs report builds upon earlier work identifying trends along with existing and emerging areas of need in the community. The report covers 10 key themes, consolidating a vast array of research into one thoughtful community-centric report. We hope to stimulate discussion, debate, and action by underscoring the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in West Vancouver.

In 2020, the community foundations in the Greater Sea-to-Sky and Howe Sound region came together to create a Vital Exploration report - a report that highlights some of the pressures experienced throughout the region and aimed at catalyzing conversations to better understand the issues, and identify potential solutions and region-wide responses. 

2019 Vital Signs 


2020 S2S Vital Explorations


2017 Vital Signs


2016 Vital Signs

Members of our team are delighted to present the findings to groups of any size to discuss your thoughts and ideas.

Vital Signs Launch
Vital Signs Launch, October 3rd, 2019  at Park Royal


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About Community Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada. We leverage local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life. 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.


West Vancouver's Vital Signs is part of a Community Foundations of Canada program that has involved over 65 community foundations in Canada and around the world.

Thank you to our 2019 VitalSigns Partners

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Engagement Partners




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Data sources for the 2019 report can be found here.