Social planning in Vancouver—working toward a healthy, equitable, socially sustainable city for all—relies on a strong foundation of research and data. We use a number of different data sources to understand how change happens in the city, and how it is experienced by different individuals and groups. We work with community partners to share information, build capacity, and foster ongoing conversations about the future of the city.
Social indicators and trends
We track social, economic, and demographic indicators and identify trends in each of the city’s neighbourhoods.
Healthy City Strategy monitoring and reporting
We monitor progress on targets and indicators in support of the Healthy City Strategy, Vancouver’s social sustainability plan.
We map social facilities like childcare centres, social services, and food assets to understand access across the city.
Community capacity building
We work to build data knowledge and capacity in the community.
Social data and research have played an integral role in reinforcing inequitable systems of power, and there is an urgent need to develop new approaches that centre the knowledge of equity-seeking communities.