Social infrastructure refers to facilities and services that help individuals, families, groups, and communities meet their social needs, maximize their potential for development, and enhance community well-being.
We face a collective challenge to meet social infrastructure needs in the city. Vancouver's population is expected to increase by 150,000 people over the next 30 years. Rising real estate costs, an uneven distribution of social infrastructure across the city, social vulnerability, and affordability challenges add further pressure.
Examples of social infrastructure include:
The process of developing the Social Infrastructure Plan officially launched in early 2017. We will be working on the plan for the rest of 2017.
We invest in the building, maintenance, operation, and delivery of social infrastructure through a number of different tools, but we don't have an overall framework to guide these investments.
The Social Infrastructure Plan will develop recommendations for how we can meet the needs of a dynamic city in a more strategic and sustainable way.
The plan will focus on finding out:
There are over 1,000 social purpose non-profit organizations in Vancouver, and many spaces and places that make up “social infrastructure” in our city. Unfortunately, we can’t capture it all in a single plan.
The plan will include three types of City-owned and City-supported facilities that aren’t currently included in our other infrastructure plans:
What will not be included in the plan:
The aim is to create strong links between the plans through continued collaboration and partnerships.
We support social infrastructure by:
We also support the operation of social facilities and the needed services they provide through grants.
Our funding for social infrastructure comes from: