Vital Signs

Guelph and Wellington County Vital Signs

Vital Signs provides a meaningful, high-level snapshot of strengths and challenges in Guelph and Wellington County.  Vital Signs is an invitation to engage in important community conversations.  What are some of our strengths and weaknesses? How do we position ourselves for the future?  How do we ensure everyone in our community has equal opportunity to be happy, to be health and to thrive?

The 2018 Vital Signs project for Guelph and Wellington County is a collaborative partnership between The Guelph Community Foundation, Toward Common Ground, and The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at The University of Guelph.

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There are several ways to access and read this report. 

1. To view and read online, click here

2. For a printer-friendly version please click here. 

3. To request a hard copy of the printed report, please contact our office and we would be happy to mail it to you or arrange for pick up.


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Data Portals for Guelph and Wellington County - stay updated as new data becomes available!
If you would like to dive deeper into the data provided in this Vital Signs report, you are invited to visit two easy-to-use data portals that present the latest local data:
Toward Common Ground Data Portal
The Children's Report Card Data Portal

Where do we go from here?
Vital Signs is an easy-to-read snapshot of local data and information intended to spark meaningful community conversations.  What you do with this information is up to you as a community member, policy maker, community developer, volunteer or donor.  What's your passion?  How can you improve our community within your circle of influence?  What can we all do to make a difference?

Vital Signs in the community: examples of use
  1. The Guelph Community Foundation's Grants Committee will be referencing the report findings as they establish their criteria for grant applications in 2018.  To find out details, once it is available, click here.
  2. The City of Guelph will use this report to inform community conversations across the city.  The information they gather will be used to identify priority areas in their Community Plan.  Join the conversation and share your thoughts and ideas.  Dates for community conversations can be found here.  
  3. If you would like to go beyond the data in this report, find out what people say about belonging, safety and living in Guelph, you can view the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey results here.
  4. The Oak Tree Project (The Mactaggart Family), a local initiative that supports the core operations of local charities, will be aligning their 2018 focus with the findings in this report.  For more details, please visit their website.

Conversation Starters
On page 25 of the Vital Signs report, we offer some conversation starters that you may find useful as we strive to go beyond the data and determine how we build on our strengths, help those who are struggling and position ourselves to be a thriving community in the future.  To print the conversation starter page click here.

What is Vital Signs?
Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collecting quality of life.  Find out more about Vital Signs reports from communities across Canada.