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Goal 7: Cultivating connections
Goal 7: Cultivating connections

Cultivating connections

Our goal: Vancouverites are connected and engaged in the places and spaces that matter to us
increase in voter turnout since 2008

In addition to our personal relationships and social networks, the opportunity to participate in civic life is a core human need.

We may draw on our social networks to help with many aspects of our health, including:

  • Accessing food and shelter
  • Finding employment and training opportunities
  • To enhance our self-confidence
  • Help during illness
  • Healing from death or life change
  • To enjoy ourselves and relieve stress

Being engaged is also about giving back to our communities, which benefits those who give as well as those who receive. A sense of belonging, connectedness and engagement in the places and spaces that matter to us is critical for our physical and mental well-being

Our targets: All Vancouverites have 4 people in their network that they can rely on, and increase municipal voter turnout to at least 60%

Progress we've made so far

Data Source: City of Vancouver, local election results

Social support network size

Sense of trust


Municipal voter turnout

Indigenous children in foster care

  1. Create a Sharing City framework and strategies, and identify other key public and private partners.
    • Results: We will proactively promote the beneficial outcomes of sharing initiatives and reduce challenges or issues that prevent sharing city activities.
  2. Examine regulations, policies, and processes that affect our relationships with and between residents - past, present and future.
    • Results: We will ensure that a broader diversity of residents are engaged and participating in civic life more often.
  3. Build on the Engaged City recommendations to create new social connection initiatives, connect existing initiatives, and magnify their collective impact in collaboration with partners.
    • Results: We will increase Vancouverites' participation and sense of belonging as a result of better alignment and leveraging of city resources and/or activities.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Building community

The health and vitality of our communities is one of the reasons Vancouver is considered one of the best places on earth to live.

Community grants

To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of grants funding for non-profit social groups and neighbourhood organizations.

Hey Neighbour

Hey Neighbour! aims to increase our understanding of the connection between sociability and well-being through multi-unit buildings.

Mayor's Engaged City Task Force

The Task Force is examining how to increase neighbourhood engagement and improve the ways we connect with residents.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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