Our goal: Vancouverites are connected and engaged in the places and spaces that matter to us
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
How we measure change
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.
2015-2018 Priority actions
Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.
Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets
The health and vitality of our communities is one of the reasons Vancouver is considered one of the best places on earth to live.
To help build strong communities in Vancouver, we offer a range of grants funding for non-profit social groups and neighbourhood organizations.
Hey Neighbour! aims to increase our understanding of the connection between sociability and well-being through multi-unit buildings.
Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018
See what we've got planned to help meet our goals.