Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a data-driven program that provides local social metrics in health, education, employment, and other key areas that measure community vitality. These valuable local metrics can then be used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life in different communities.

Vital Signs is a way for us to take the pulse on issues that matter and spark change through our network of community foundations, partners and allies in communities from coast to coast to coast. Alongside community foundations, Community Foundations of Canada uses Vital Signs to engage Canadians in a deeper exploration of issues and trends that affect and influence community vitality. Community foundations in Canada and around the world use Vital Signs to identify local community needs and priorities. Community Foundations of Canada plays both a leadership and supporting role for the many Canadian community foundations participating in the program, as well as for international Vital Signs programs.

Since 2017, Community Foundations of Canada has been incorporating the UN’s Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals with Vital Signs. The SDGs provide an opportunity for community foundations to share measurement standards and to track and report on local progress on global goals to ensure no one is left behind.