Vital Signs

Edmonton Vital Signs® helps identify the greatest needs for funding from Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF).

Vital Signs® is a national initiative conducted by participating community foundations across Canada. The Edmonton Vital Signs® Report identifies community needs, which helps us focus our resources on those needs. Vital Signs® is also a valuable teaching tool and resource for policy makers and organizations working on the front-lines. These groups use Vital Signs® to help inform their decision making processes.

We partner with the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) to ensure the information provided by Vital Signs® is accurate. ESPC is an independent social research and analysis organization. They have been operating in Edmonton for more than 75 years. You can learn more about the ESPC by clicking here. We also work with a committee of community experts to ensure the report is examining the right issues.

This year Vital Signs is focussing on “Belonging.” Let’s look a some of the data you will find in the report:

  • 18% of Edmontonians said they feel socially isolated from their community.
  • 85.3% of Albertans feel that the arts are important in their contribution to their community’s quality of life.
  • 23.3% of Albertans have participated in an organized sport in the past year.
  • Approximately 20,000 Edmonton households live in extreme Core Housing Need This means that an individual earns less than $20,000/year and is in a household that spends over 50% of its income on rent.

These are only a few findings you will discover in the 2017 Vital Signs Report. If you would like to read the reports, follow the links below:

We take action through the Vital Signs® Grants program to ensure we go beyond simply identifying issues. In November, we will identify an area of focus based on the 2017 report’s findings. We then launch a call for charities working in the Edmonton area to apply for grants to fund projects or programs related to the area of focus. These grants are for amounts up to $40,000 per year for three years. You can learn more about Vital Signs® Grants by clicking here.

If you would like to read past reports, follow the links below:

  • 2016 Vital Signs Report on newcomers here.
  • 2015 Vital Signs Report on Edmonton’s Aboriginal communities here
  • 2014 Vital Signs Report on Edmonton Youth here
  • 2013 Vital Signs Report on Edmonton Food Security here