Comox Valley Vital Signs Survey Report

Vital Signs® is a regular check-up conducted by community foundations to measure the vitality of communities across Canada. It gathers and publishes data on significant social and economic trends in areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs® reports promote awareness of community issues and can help generate discussion, drive policy change and focus community leadership activities in the Comox Valley.

Comox Valley’s Vital Signs® 2018

We are pleased to share with you our first Comox Valley Vital Signs 2018 and detailed background documents.  This report was developed in partnership with the United Way of Central and North Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley Social Planning Society and North Island College.  Thank you to everyone who made this report possible, including local agencies, key experts, residents, and sponsors.  Please download this document, and share it with others.  If you would like a copy of our report, or would like to schedule a report presentation for your organization, please contact our office at

The power of this report is in its accessibility. We used professional research experts for the statistical analysis. The final report is written in a way that makes it interesting, understandable, engaging, and above all, actionable for everyone living in our community.

In addition, a key dimension of Vital Signs is to compare and contrast the quantitative information with the perceptions and preferences of local residents. These perceptions and preferences were elicited from residents through a survey. Full survey results and a detailed data source report are available in the links below.

Supporting Documents

Community Partners:

Comox Valley Community Foundation
The Comox Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) works with donors to support the causes important to them through gifts now and/or in their wills. Endowment funds are permanently invested for long-term growth. Over the past 20 years, CVCF assets have grown to over $12 million. The CVCF has granted more than $2 million to charities and in scholarships.

United Way, Central and North Vancouver Island

United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island is pleased to be a partner of the Comoxvital-signs-partner-united-way Valley Vital Signs.  Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action in our local Vancouver Island communities.  United Way builds a strong network of social services and programs for our communities’ most vulnerable people.  Information gathered through Vital Signs on a wide  variety of local issues will help us better identify, create and fund solutions that make true and lasting change.

Comox Valley Social Planning Council Society
Also founded in 1996, the Comox Valley Social Planning Society (CVSPS) is vital-signs-partner-cv-social-planninga collaborative group formed to address social issues, and to support community initiatives that improve quality of life in the Comox Valley. Over the years, we have published Quality of Life reports in 2002, 2004, 2009 and most recently 2014.

North Island College 

North Island College (NIC) is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories the college’s campuses are situated. NIC is a comprehensive community college that focuses on student success. We proudly serve more than 9,000 students annually at our campuses in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Port Hardy, and Port Alberni and our learning centre in Ucluelet and through online and in-community learning. NIC is committed to meeting the education and training needs of adults within our service region by providing high quality, affordable higher education and skills training, collaborating with our partners to create pathways to learning, and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. Student success, access to learning and services, accountability, quality, relevance and responsiveness, a positive organizational culture, and social and environmental responsibility frame our commitment to our students and communities.

Vital Signs Sponsors®

This report was made possible by the financial and in-kind contributions from the following agencies.


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