Vital Signs

Every two years, the CBT publishes a broad report on the state of many different “indicators” of the health of our communities and ecosystems. First published in 2012, the Vital Signs report has become a go-to source for local information and stories. It’s a great place to bring together data from the CBT research projects (such as Living Wage), projects of other non-profit and academic groups, as well as data from public sources such as the hospital, the RCMP, and Statistics Canada, to get a big-picture view of the changes happening in our region. We present key findings of the report to local First Nations, municipal governments, and local organizations with an aim to inspire meaningful conversations and encourage specific action in priority areas. 

We also use the Vital Signs report to track regional progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, we identify local initiatives that address poverty, fight inequality, improve education, support biodiversity, initiate partnerships, and identify climate change solutions. 

Vital Conversations

Data is only useful if it informs conversations and good decision making. As part of our Vital Signs program, we also host Vital Conversations for community members to use information in the Vital Signs report as a base for conversations about issues that matter. In 2019, we teamed up with the District of Tofino for a Vital Conversation about sustainable tourism. To learn more, you can read the report, check out the summary presentation slides, or watch the video of the event below: