Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a community check-up that measures the vitality of our community and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life

What is
Vital Signs?

Vital Signs is a report that measures the health and vitality of our community. This annual report identifies social and economic trends in our region, and addresses the most pressing issues of the day. An initiative of Community Foundations of Canada, Vital Signs is a catalyst to spark conversation and encourage civic engagement.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not publish Vital Signs 2020.

Key Impact Areas

Vital Signs examines the quality of life in Southwestern Alberta through the lens of six Impact Areas.

Community Connections

This Impact Area looks at the ways we associate, relate, and connect with our family, friends, and neighbours.

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Cultural Life

This Impact Area looks at how life in Southwestern Alberta is enriched through celebration of our culture and heritage.

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Lifelong Learning

This Impact Area looks at the ways in which Southwestern Albertans of all ages discover, develop, and share knowledge and skills.

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Healthy Communities

This Impact Area looks at the factors that create and improve physical, social, and mental health in Southwestern Alberta.

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Assessing the vitality of Southwestern Alberta’s plants, animals, and local geography, this Impact Area looks at how we affect our region and how it affects us.

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Living Standards

This Impact Area examines the factors that affect conditions of subsistence in our communities, taking into account the availability, affordability, and appropriateness of resources that help all of us meet our basic needs.

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