Vital Signs

The Saskatoon Community Foundation released its second Vital Signs report on November 20, 2017.

Vital Signs presents a snapshot of data at a glance about Saskatoon. An initiative of Community Foundations of Canada, Vital Signs is an internationally respected tool for measuring and reporting on the vitality of communities.

The Saskatoon Community Foundation is part of this movement to create more inclusive and more sustainable communities. Through this report, Saskatoon Community Foundation hopes to inform and engage all citizens in making positive contributions to a stronger community in which all share a sense of belonging.

There are many lenses through which we can view community vitality. Many factors, such as work, education, environment, and culture, influence quality of life for each of us. All of our individual views add facets to a collective vision of Saskatoon’s future. The diversity of our views is itself an important factor in Saskatoon’s vitality, as is the extent to which we feel we belong and have opportunities to contribute.

A Tool for the Community

Vital Signs is more than just a report – it is a program that engages citizens in improving their communities, using data to inform action and change. Over multiple reports, Vital Signs can show us long-term trends. It can influence Saskatoon Community Foundation’s planning and give context to the grants we make in support of community needs. Individuals and organizations, volunteers and donors, government and the private sector, all can use Vital Signs to inform their thinking and drive their choices and priorities.
Vital Signs is intended to initiate discussion and debate. The Saskatoon Community Foundation has a vision of engaging citizens in contributing to a stronger and more vital community for all. This report is a starting point for both conversations and actions to create positive change in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Community Foundation’s goal is to give every citizen the opportunity to best decide how they can make their contribution.

A More Meaningful Vital Signs

Building on the 2015 report, this report was created through collaboration and consultation with community stakeholders, to ensure that the data presented is relevant and accurately reflects the community. In the spirit of reconciliation, we initiated conversations with diverse people and groups in Saskatoon, and from these stakeholders we created our Vital Signs Advisory Committee. Saskatoon Community Foundation invited comments through a survey, held talking circles, and interviewed individuals. The Vital Signs Advisory Committee contributed diverse experience, knowledge and access to local data which complemented the data provided by Community Foundations of Canada.

A Better Model for Community Vitality

This report uses a model for community building adopted by Reconciliation Saskatoon, a community of over 55 organizations, non-profits, businesses, faith communities and partners who have come together since March 2016 to initiate a city-wide conversation to advance reconciliation.
The four sections of the report reflect this vision of reconciliation and community-building through 4 key questions:

  1. Do we understand our shared history and feel a sense
    of belonging?
  2. How do we participate in building community?
  3. Do we respect each other and our environment?
  4. Do we share a high quality of life in Saskatoon?

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External Data Links

The majority of the information in our 2017 Vital Signs Report comes from Statistics Canada, sourced via a national data consultancy by Community Foundations of Canada. Some of the data was sourced directly from local organizations. Below are several links to sources of data which were included in the report:

Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association
Saskatoon Public Library
United Way of Saskatoon & Area
City of Saskatoon Environment Report, 2014
Community View
Saskatoon Food Council
Living Wage (Plante & Roddau, 2015)