Vital Signs© is a community check-up that measures the region’s health and vitality, identifies significant trends, and provides in-depth, up-to-date information about the people in these communities and the environments in which they live, work, and go to school.
Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement, to provide focus for public debate, and to help a range of actors take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.
It is Canada’s most extensive community-driven data program, spearheaded by Community Foundations of Canada and led by community foundations in Canada and around the world. More than 65 community foundations in Canada and 41 around the world take part, producing Vital Signs reports, hosting “Vital conversations” and more.
50 Vital Community Conversations
Founded in 1969, SSCF is a long-term endowment fund for our community that pools together many visionary philanthropists’ funds to invest them together for a higher return. As we celebrate our golden anniversary, we remain inspired every day by dedicated individuals – past and present – who have made a difference.
As part of our 50th anniversary year celebrations, we launched a program – 50 Vital Community Conversations – to get to the heart and listen to what matters in your community and how we can help to make a difference.
Vital Signs Conversations & Reports
Read all of our Vital Signs Conversations & Reports documents below.
Smart & Caring Fund
This community research helps guide SSCF priorities, including the focus of its Smart & Caring Fund granting program and other community support opportunities.
SSCF grants to charitable activities that promote and enhance vibrant, healthy and caring communities in south Saskatchewan. The purpose of the Smart & Caring Fund is to allow the SSCF to respond to areas of focus identified in its current Vital Signs Report.
The 50 Vital Community Conversations 2019 Report identifies Belonging as the top community indicator, and five emerging issues: