Vital Signs 2016 – a regional perspective


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Vital Signs® is a biennial report by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust that brings together social, cultural, economic, and environmental information to tell a story about the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region and measure the vitality of our communities.

Who is the CBT’s 2016 Vital Signs® for?

Everyone shown below! Our region includes Hot Springs Cove, Ahousaht, Opitsaht, Esowista/Ty-Histanis, Tofino, Ucluelet, Macoah, Hitacu, and ACRD Area C. As both a biosphere reserve and a community foundation, the CBT believes it is important we work together across communities on issues that affect us all.


Why is it important to have a regional perspective?

1. There is a lot we share as residents of the west coast
Although there are differences between our communities, there is much more that we share. We all face similar challenges due to our rural, remote location. We share our unique west coast environment. People may live in one community and work in another, or kids may go to a different community for school. We have common economic drivers and share health and social services. We shop, play, and have family and friends across the region.

2. Preserving the privacy of small populations
Our communities range from less than 50 residents in the smallest to 2,000 in the largest.  As a guiding principle, the CBT combines information when there is a risk of disclosure due to small population sizes and does not publish direct or indirect identifiers. For reference, Statistics Canada rounds to the nearest 100 people in their community profile reporting. In addition, many small communities do not have the sufficient data to have their own Vital Signs indicators so a regional perspective provides them with a relevant proxy.

3. Setting benchmarks, finding trends
Having common indicators helps us better understand the unique context of the west coast relevant to other places on Vancouver Island, in BC, and in Canada and also allows us to see changes over time.

4. Power in numbers
The information in Vital Signs tells the story of regional health through regular reporting and will help us:

  • increase public awareness and inform residents for better decision-making
  • identify regional priorities for local governments
  • identify areas of success and achievement, information gaps and research priorities

We wouldn’t have the power as individual communities to develop, collect and report on all the data that can be used as a tool like Vital Signs. Together we can accomplish more by sharing our time, funding, and resources.

More about Vital Signs

The CBT is just one in a network of community foundations across Canada that publish Vital Signs reports
Learn more about the Vital Signs national program and read other community reports:
Community Foundations of Canada – Vital Signs
View the ‘Living Wage in a Page’ or get the full report

See our past Vital Signs, 2012 and 2014

Read the CBT’s 2015 Living Wage for our region
A Living Wage for healthy communities