About Vital Signs

  • HCF
  • March 1, 2016

The Huronia Community Foundation (HCF) and United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) have co-produced a second check-up on our region’s key quality-of-life areas, following up their 2014 Simcoe County-focused collaboration. The current report is one of 32 community-based VitalSigns® that were launched in October 2016 across the country as part of a national program overseen by Community Foundations of Canada.

“HCF’s goal was to produce a valuable resource for local organizations to reference in their community-building work,” says HCF Board President Barbara Jones. “Our hope is to spark new conversations and collaborations to further the great work going on across Simcoe Muskoka. Many thanks for United Way’s leadership in making this report possible.”

Using local, regional, provincial and national data, the report presents a look at our region’s vitality in six key areas, including Arts & Culture, Health & Well-being, Housing & Homelessness, Poverty, Community Safety and Getting Around.

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“The 2016 VitalSigns® report will continue to assist community leaders in allocating resources as we work together to build a Simcoe Muskoka that provides an opportunity for all residents to become their best selves”.
United Way Simcoe Muskoka CEO Dale Biddell

Highlights of the 2016 Vital Signs Report include:

New cross-sector community planning tables and police-led situation tables which focus on joint solutions to better address high-priority issues and caseloads

How low-income households are benefitting from new affordable housing strategies

Improved access and capacity for community-based mental health care

Pilot transportation initiatives provide better access to services, jobs, education and more

More than 11,000 attend LGBT pride events across Simcoe Muskoka in 2016

2015-2016 Vital Signs Annual Report

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