Simcoe Muskoka's VitalSigns® 2016
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LINKS & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES BY RESEARCH DOMAIN:
Arts & Culture
Barrie Pride (and Barrie Pride on Facebook)
Fierte Simcoe Pride (and Fierte Simcoe Pride on Facebook)
Muskoka Pride (and Muskoka Pride on Facebook)
Muskoka's Pay it Forward grant
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival
Cultural Events - Simcoe County
Cultural Events - Muskoka
County of Simcoe Library Co-operative
Health & Well-being
Walk-in Counselling Clinics across Simcoe Muskoka
Youth Wellness Program - South Simcoe
Nutrition Guidelines 2016
Find a volunteer driver program in your community by calling 2-1-1.
Is your business accessible? See the rules here.
Eat Well to Excel
Muskoka Fresh Food Basket Program
Good Food Box Program Simcoe County
Simcoe County Farmers' Markets
Muskoka Farmers' Markets
Housing & Homelessness
Muskoka 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan (with Year One and Year Two reports)
Muskoka Homelessness Sharing Table
Muskoka Affordable Housing Initiatives Program
County of Simcoe's 10-year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy (with Year One and Year Two reports)
Residential Tenancies Act
Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness
Simcoe County's 10,000 Homes campaign
Poverty Reduction of Muskoka Planning Team (P.R.O.M.P.T.)
David Busby Street Centre
Canada Learning Bond registry (Call 2-1-1 for details and local resources.)
Bridges Out of Poverty - Simcoe County
Bridges Out of Poverty - Muskoka
Towards a (Canadian) Poverty Reduction Strategy
SMDHU's Low income report
Making Choices Together: Re-imaging Poverty Reduction in Simcoe County (Community Engagement Report 2016)
THE HISTORY OF VitalSigns in Simcoe Muskoka
Media release October 6, 2016
New Simcoe Muskoka VitalSigns research report project gets green light
With 28 VitalSigns reports being released in communities across Canada today, co-publishers of last fall's Simcoe County's VitalSigns 2014 announce the launch of a second, region-wide research project that will provide a comprehensive measurement of key quality-of-life issues across Simcoe Muskoka. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Two local agencies announce a second joint research project. Pictured are Simcoe Muskoka's VitalSigns 2016 project leads (from left) United Way Greater Simcoe County's Carla Dermot and Huronia Community Foundation's Patricia Copeland.
Simcoe County's VitalSigns® 2014
Presented by Huronia Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way Greater Simcoe County
Thank you to our print sponsor: Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre
Thank you to a very supportive Community Foundations of Canada
And a special thanks to all the community groups who engaged in the production of this report.
Download full report here: Simcoe County's VitalSigns Report 2014 (PDF 13MB)
What is VitalSigns®?
VitalSigns® is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each VitalSigns® report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action. These reports help communities make connections between issues and trends in different areas. The findings are presented in a reader-friendly format that provides a snapshot of quality of life and community vitality.
Vital Signs was first started by the Toronto Foundation in 2001, after a group of civic leaders came up with a new way to engage their community in understanding and monitoring the health and vitality of Toronto on an ongoing basis. In 2006, Vital Signs became a national program and it continues to grow every year, both across Canada and internationally. This year, 27 community foundations from coast to coast are releasing reports. Community foundations develop a broad picture of their community using relevant national data and identifying local research on a wide range of subject areas. In addition, the Canadian program has been adopted by several community foundations beyond our borders, including the UK, Brazil, Bosnia, Ireland, Australia, Bosnia and the United States.
The Simcoe County report itself is a good-news story
The community information released Wednesday in the first-ever Simcoe County’s VitalSigns highlighted area successes and challenges, but is a good-news story in itself.
Although the project was led by Huronia Community Foundation, in partnership with United Way Greater Simcoe County, 20 other local organizations and collaborative groups provided insight and recommendations to ensure the report is an effective vehicle for showing the trends and social disparity issues that exist and/or are emerging in our region within key quality-of-life areas. The report launch event included a presentation highlighting findings related to youth, health, wealth disparity, housing, crime, belonging and leadership; and was followed was followed by a series of round-table discussions about the impact of the data, next steps for community action and lessons learned for the next report. More than 60 individuals attended and participated in the interactive event.
“This is not a report that will sit on a shelf collecting dust,” said UWGSC CEO Dale Biddell. “Representatives from at least 24 local organizations came to the launch event and participated in positive discussions that will lead to collaborative action plans. The report was intended to educate and motivate and, from that perspective, was a great success.”
Its findings did not reveal new information, she added, but rather provided data-rich validation that the community work being done across Simcoe County is appropriate and on target.
“Simcoe County’s VitalSigns will allow us to focus our Community Impact work even further – both in terms of funding priorities, as well as in the discussions of many community round tables.”
As part of the launch of this project, we have prepared a source document that will assist in ensuring the data is used appropriately in context. Download: Source Document (XLSX 28KB)
The slide deck to the launch event presentation can be downloaded here: Launch Presentation October 2014 (PPTX 6MB)