Vital Signs survey open for input until July 1

Residents of Greater Victoria can share opinions and weigh in on the most pressing issues ­facing them in the 2021 Vital Signs survey, now until July 1.

The Victoria Foundation created the annual survey to gauge opinions on a dozen areas critical to a community’s wellbeing, such as housing, safety, health and the economy.

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For the second year running, the survey also contains questions specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, to determine how the region and its residents are managing the stresses of the ongoing crisis.

This year’s focus is on issues relating to inclusion and diversity.

Respondents will be asked to weigh in on their experiences with prejudice and ­discrimination and to rate their overall sense of belonging and safety.

“We would love to see all areas of our region represented, all ages, all cultural backgrounds, all genders, residents from all walks of life,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation.

“Paying particular attention this year to the incredibly important issues of inclusion and diversity, we want to make sure everyone feels invited and encouraged to take part and have their voices included and heard.”

The information provided will be incorporated into the 2021 Victoria’s Vital Signs report, to be released this fall. The report will be a combination of public opinion and statistics that ­provides a snapshot of livability and wellbeing in Greater Victoria.

Vital Signs is a national program co-ordinated by Community Foundations of Canada to measure the vitality of communities.

Victoria’s Vital Signs was launched in 2006 as an initiative of the Victoria Foundation’s 70th anniversary.

The survey is open now until July 1. For more information and to participate, go to ­victoriafoundation.ca.

parrais@timescolonist.com

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