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:
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
We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Cultivating Connections using data from public health surveys, the federal census program and electoral agencies.
Social support network size
Sense of trust
Municipal voter turnout
Aboriginal children in foster care
Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.
The health and vitality of Vancouver's communities is one of the reasons the city is considered one of the best places on earth to live.
To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of grants funding for non-profit social groups and neighbourhood organizations.
The Engaged City Task Force is examining how to increase neighbourhood engagement, and improve the ways the City connects with Vancouver residents. Learn how you can become involved.
Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018
See what we've got planned to help meet our goals.