What is Vital Signs?
Vital Signs is a national program coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our quality of life.
Vital Signs Guelph Wellington provides a meaningful, high-level snapshot of strengths and challenges locally. 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 and thrive? Here is a listing of our recent Vital Signs publications. Hard copies are available upon request, please contact staff
2020-2021 Vital Focus - Secondary Pandemic Effects
This series of reports was a collaborative partnership between Toward Common Ground, City of Guelph, United Way GWD, County of Wellington and WDG Public Health. To view and read online click the topics below:
1. Food Insecurity
2. Alcohol and Substance Use
3. Mental Health
5. Families and Children
6. Persons with Disabilities
7. Digital Divide
2018 Vital Signs
This was a collaborative partnership between Toward Common Ground, and The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at The University of Guelph. To view and read online, click here
Share and inspire the community as you connect Vital Signs to your work, participate in a community conversation, or have stories to share that support what is in this report.
Tag us @GuelphCommunityFoundation and use the hashtag #VitalSignsGW
Tag us @GuelphCF and @TowardCG and use #VitalSignsGW
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
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:
The Guelph Community Foundation's Grants Committee will be referencing report findings as criteria for grant applications.
The City of Guelph has used this report to inform community conversations across the city. The information they gather will be used to identify priority areas in their Community Plan.
The Oak Tree Project (The Mactaggart Family), a local initiative that supports the core operations of local charities, will be aligning their focus with the findings in this report. For more details, please visit their website