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Data research and maps

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The SPAR Monitor is a biweekly newsletter sent out by the Social Policy Analysis & Research unit of the Social Development, Finance and Administration division at the City of Toronto. The Monitor contains links to four to eight items of interest to social researchers, such as new statistical or policy reports on poverty, aboriginal affairs, economics, seniors, youth, children, health, mapping or other related topics.

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Vital Signs Reports paint a stark picture of youth unemployment across Canada
October 8, 2014
By Ella Bedard
Stability is not in the cards for Canadian workers, with young workers particularly affected, according to this year's Vital Signs Reports from the Community Foundations of Canada. The first Vital Signs was produced by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001. It assembled local research and national data to paint a broad strokes picture of community health. Since its inception the Vitals project has expanded to include a total of 49 Canadian communities big and small, who have produced reports or are acting on findings from previous reports.



27 communities across Canada launch quality-of-life reports on October 7
(Ottawa, ON) Sept. 30, 2014 – Community foundations in 27 communities across Canada are releasing their Vital Signs 2014 reports on Tuesday, October 7. Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that provides a comprehensive look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas.

A total of 49 community foundations are involved in the Vital Signs program – either producing a report or acting on the findings of previous reports.
The communities releasing Vital Signs reports in 2014 are:

* British Columbia: Abbotsford, Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region, Golden, Nanaimo, Phoenix (Grand Forks), Shuswap, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Surrey, Victoria
* Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, Southeastern Alberta
* Saskatchewan: Regina
* Manitoba: Winnipeg
* Ontario: Huronia (Simcoe County), Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Peterborough, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor
* Atlantic provinces: Fredericton, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action

Local Reports:
Here, you'll find links to all of the local reports released on October 7, 2014

Community Foundations of Canada

Municipalities call for long-term housing plan as cross-Canada roundtables come to an end
June 18, 2014
OTTAWA - Today, the Greater Victoria Capital Regional District of British Columbia will host the last of a series of local roundtable discussions on housing across the country organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as part of its "Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch" campaign. The other roundtables were held over the past months in Halifax, Toronto, London, Brockville (ON), Thompson (MB), Regina, and Edmonton.

"All orders of government must work together to develop a long-term plan that addresses the high cost of housing in Canada, improves predictability of future federal investments, and keeps our most vulnerable citizens off the streets," said FCM President Brad Woodside.

Without a long-term plan and leadership from all orders of government, up to one-third of the country's social housing units - home to more than half a million Canadians - will eventually be lost as a result of the expiry of $1.7 billion in annual federal investment.

Last week, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) [ ] released a report entitled "The Economic Survey of Canada"
[ ]
... highlighting the severity of Canada's housing crunch, by revealing that 4 in 10 Canadians live in a city where housing prices are "seriously or severely unaffordable."

For more information about Canada's Housing Crunch, and our roundtables on the issue please consult the following:

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Over 2,000 communities across Canada have come together to speak with one voice as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
United, we ...
Tell our story
- Partner constructively with the federal government
- Influence policy and programs
- Get results!
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations

More info about FCM

FCM Issues
Links to the following issues appear on the FCM website's home page (
* Federal Budget 2014
* Infrastructure
* Rural and Northern
* Transit and Transportation
* Policing and Public Safety
* Environment
* More issues affecting cities and communities

FCM Programs
Links to the following programs appear on the FCM website's home page (
* Community Economic Development Initiative
* Community Infrastructure Partnership Program
* Green Municipal Fund
* Partners for Climate Protection
* Quality of Life Reporting System
* Women in Local Government
* International
* Past Programs


- Go to the Homelessness and Housing Links page:

Community Foundations of Canada:

Vital Signs 2013
October 2013
Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action. Vital Signs was first started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, after a group of civic leaders came up with a new way to engage their community in understanding and monitoring the health and vitality of Toronto on an ongoing basis. In 2006, Vital Signs became a national program and it continues to grow every year, both across Canada and internationally.
TIP : On the home page (the link above), you'll find links to (1) the national report and (b) local reports, all going back to 2007, along with links to 13 Vital Signs reports from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and Bosnia

Indicators used in the report:
* Arts & culture * Belonging & engagement * Economy * Environmental sustainability * Health & Wellness * Housing * Learning * Safety * Sports & recreation * Standard of living * Transportation

National Report:

Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system (PDF - 2.4MB, 28 pages)
October 2013

Vital Signs receives media attention nationwide:
With 25 community foundations across Canada producing reports this year, Vital Signs received media attention from coast to coast.
===> links to 50 articles on the subject of Vital Signs 2013, organized by province (incl. BC - AB - ON - NS - National - International)

Local reports:
- incl. links to each sponsoring community foundation and to the individual local Vital Signs reports
for all cities and regions whose names appear in this box.

Cities/regions covered in 2013 include:

* Abbotsford, B.C.
Burlington, ON
Calgary, AB
Cambridge, ON
Cape Breton, N.S.
Central Okanagan, B.C.
Edmonton, AB
Kingston, ON
* Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Lunenburg, N.S.
Medicine Hat, AB
Mississauga, ON

North Okanagan, B.C.
Northwestern Alberta
Peterborough, ON - 2013
* Prince Edward County, ON
* Prince Edward Island
* South Okanagan, B.C.
* Sudbury, ON
* Temiskaming Shores, ON
* Toronto, ON
* Victoria, B.C.
* Waterloo Region, ON
* Windsor-Essex, ON
* Wolfville, N.S.

Community Foundations of Canada
The vitality of our communities, or community vitality, is something community foundations care about a great deal. Community vitality is the unique spirit that flourishes when people believe their community holds possibilities for everyone.

From the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities:

Mayors of Canada's biggest cities calling on government partners to address growing housing crisis
May 30, 2013
Vancouver, BC
Canada's Big City Mayors' Caucus (BCMC) is calling on its provincial, territorial and federal partners to confront the growing housing crisis across the country. The BCMC, a group representing 22 of the largest cities in Canada, met today in Vancouver ahead of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show.
$1.7 billion annually in federal housing investments are set to expire with the greatest drop in funding, up to $500 million a year, ending between 2014 and 2019. This will put more than half a million Canadians at risk of losing their homes unless federal, provincial, and territorial governments take action.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Close to 2,000 communities across Canada have come together to speak with one voice as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
United, we ...
Tell our story
--- Partner constructively with the federal government
--- Influence policy and programs
--- Get results!
[ About Us : ]

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action.
Vital Signs was first started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, after a group of civic leaders came up with a new way to engage their community in understanding and monitoring the health and vitality of Toronto on an ongoing basis. In 2006, Vital Signs became a national program and it continues to grow every year, both across Canada and internationally.


Vital Signs 2012 : Local Reports
NOTE : Includes links to previous years' editions of Vital Signs (back to 2007)

The following cities and towns have released (or will release) Vital Signs reports in 2012:
* Victoria ---
* Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Region ---
* Sunshine Coast ---
* Calgary ---
* Medicine Hat ---
* Winkler ---
* London ---
* Waterloo Region ---
* Toronto ---
* Hamilton ---
* Burlington
* Sudbury
* Kingston
* Montreal
* Halifax

Vital Signs 2012 : National Findings
* Work: Employment Rate (15 years of age and older)
* Getting Started: Youth (15 to 24 years of age) Unemployment Rate
* Health: Proportion of Babies with Low Birth Weight
* Environment: Total Average Daily Flow of Water for Residential Use
* Canadians who are charged a meter rate based on volume seem to use much less water
* Gap Between Rich and Poor: Elderly (65 years of age and older) Poverty Rate
* Housing: Percentage of Households Spending 30% or More of Income on Housing
* Canadians who allocate a high proportion of their income for housing are more vulnerable to an abrupt change in financial circumstances
* Learning: Aboriginal Canadian High School Completion Rates
* Arts and Culture: Circulation of Library Items per Capita
* Belonging and Leadership: Charitable Donors as a Proportion of Tax Filers
* Safety: Total Violent Criminal Code Violations per 100,000 People

More information about Vital Signs:

At Home/Chez Soi
Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness : Toronto Site
October 2011 Update
(PDF - 222K, 4 pages)"At Home/Chez Soi" Toronto Site Update #4: October 2011 (PDF attached).

580 people are now enrolled in "At Home/Chez Soi" in Toronto. This update includes some of what we've learned so far about participants and their experiences, as well as updates from the different groups involved in the project.

"At Home/Chez Soi" Research Demonstration Project in Mental Health and Homelessness is a five-city national research project exploring ways to help the growing number of homeless people across Canada who have mental health problems. The project is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

To learn more about the Toronto site, visit

For past issues of the "At Home/Chez Soi" Toronto Site Update, visit

To subscribe to/be removed from this list,
or to provide comments, please contact Emily Holton at

At Home
The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health
and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

What's happening in each of the five participating cities?

Moncton: one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a shortage of services for Anglophones and Francophones.

Montreal: different mental health services provided to homeless people in Quebec.

Toronto: ethno-cultural diversity including new immigrants who are non-English speaking.

Winnipeg: urban Aboriginal population.

Vancouver: people who struggle with substance abuse and addictions.

Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative change.
Our mission is to promote mental health in Canada, and work with stakeholders to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems, and to improve services and support.

Links to more information about At Home/Chez Soi - this link takes you to a search results page with more related resources.

Canadian municipalities want action against poverty
Municipal social services are overwhelmed by demand and a new model of funding must be found.
June 2, 2010
Toronto --- The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is calling on politicians in Ottawa to pass anti-poverty legislation to deal with serious problems faced by municipalities across the country. A motion put forward from Calgary and approved at the recent FCM meeting said social services have been overwhelmed by demand and only Ottawa is in a position to deal with the issue. The Calgary motion called on the federal government to re-assert its role in ensuring income security for all Canadians. By endorsing this motion, FCM joined more than 330 organizations, as well as 57 MPs and 12 senators to date, in supporting a national campaign called Dignity for All.

The campaign is led by two national organizations - Canada Without Poverty (CWP) and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). It is asking the federal government to immediately develop a national anti-poverty plan and legislation to provide adequate income security for all Canadians

National Union of Public and General Employees
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is a family of 11 component unions. Taken together we are one of the largest unions in Canada. Most of our 340,000 members work to deliver public services of every kind to the citizens of their home provinces

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With more than 1,775 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations

FCM's 73rd Annual Conference and Municipal Expo
May 28-31, 2010
Sheraton Centre, Toronto

Conference program

Conference webcasts
- includes the following webcasts:
:: Opening Ceremony and Plenary
:: The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
:: Know your rights-of-way
:: Michael Ignatieff, M.P., leader, Liberal Party of Canada
:: Paul Martin and John Godfrey
:: Closing Ceremony and Rebuilding Haiti: The role of local government co-operation in post-disaster reconstruction

Related link from FCM:

Forum Magazine - Canada´s national municipal affairs magazine
Forum is the flagship publication of the FCM, delivering timely, insightful information on a range of municipal issues.
NOTE: This magazine is available by subscription, although it's not entirely clear whether private citizens can subscribe.
There's a link to the current issue of Forum magazine whose content likely changes as each of the magazine's five issues per year is released.
Timely Tip: if you click the link in the previous line, you'll see that the cover article for the current (Winter 2010) issue is "Action on Housing" --- deals with municipal initiatives "to end homelessness through innovative, affordable housing alternatives."
Excellent article!

That content will change when the next issue of Forum is published, so I'd suggest that if you wish to access this later, you should save the complete magazine by clicking the PDF icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the page and saving the file to your hard drive.


Eye candy alert!
If you or your organization produce an online magazine and are thinking makeover, I seriously suggest that you take a peek at the latest issue of Forum.
Prepare to be impressed - I was.
This is such a realistic presentation that you'd swear you were reading a paper magazine.
(includes page-flipping technology that makes reading even more fun - move your mouse to any corner of the page and flip the page!)
I haven't seen many online resources that can come close to the snazzy (sorry, I'm a child of the fifties...) interface of this product from Zmags.
If you're curious, check out the Zmags site or send an email to someone at the FCM to ask how they like the product and how much it costs, etc.

Related link:

Council's anti-poverty initiative a 'slam dunk'
June 1, 2010
Politicians from cities across Canada have supported Calgary's push for federal anti-poverty legislation.
Alderman Joe Ceci said the city's resolution got "slam-dunk" support in Toronto over the weekend at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' annual convention. The organization will now formally advocate that Ottawa enact a law and dedicate funds toward an attempt to erase poverty in Canada, more than 20 years after Parliament first passed a resolution demanding an end to child poverty by 2000.
Calgary Herald

New from the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):

Canada's social safety net is fraying, cities strain to fill the gaps,
says new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

News release
March 24, 2010
The federal and provincial retreat from traditional social transfers in the 1990s has frayed Canada´s social safety net, and cities are now struggling to fill the growing gaps. That trend, exacerbated by the current recession and growing urbanization, is the principal finding of a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

* The complete report:

Mending Canada’s frayed social safety net:
The role of municipal governments
(PDF - 1.8MB, 72 pages)
Theme Report #6

* Backgrounder (PDF - 52K, 2 pages)

* Facts and Figures (PDF - 39K, 1 page)

Earlier Theme Reports Produced
by the Quality of Life Reporting System

(Click this link to access all five of the reports listed below and a few more...)
:: Theme report #5 (2009) - Immigration & Diversity in Canadian Cities & Communities
:: Theme Report #4 (2008) - Trends & Issues in Affordable Housing & Homelessness
:: Theme Report #3 (2005) - Growth, the Economy and the Urban Environment
:: Theme Report #2 (2005) - Dynamic Societies and Social Change
:: Theme Report #1 (2004) - Incomes, Shelter and Necessities

What is the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS)?
Led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) measures, monitors and reports on social, economic and environmental trends in Canada´s largest cities and communities. The QOLRS is a member-based initiative. Starting with 16 municipalities in 1996, the QOLRS has grown to 24 communities in seven provinces.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With more than 1,775 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

Related link:

Report: Canadian cities struggle with social services
By Bryn Weese
March 24, 2010
OTTAWA — Canadian cities are struggling to fill the gaps in the country's "fraying social safety net," according to a new report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. This is the sixth quality-of-life report commissioned by the federation focussed on Canada's 24 largest urban centres. It found that wait times for public housing have increased, the need for employment insurance and welfare has skyrocketed, subsidized daycare spots are wanting, and the number of working poor and low-income families has been increasing — even before the recent recession — in almost all the cities studied.
According to the report, Mending Canada’s Frayed Social Safety Net: The role of municipal governments, 54% of Canadians now live in the country's 24 urban areas where there are 2.5 million working poor and 1.2 million low-income families.
Toronto Sun

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities, identifies trends, and shares opportunities for action in at least ten areas critical to quality of life.
Since Toronto's first Vital Signs publication, the Report has been adopted by 16 communities across Canada and is now conducted nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

Local Reports
Click the link for reports covering the following participating cities and regions:
* Calgary * Central Okanagan * Guelph & Wellington * Kingston & Area * Medicine Hat * Oakville
* Ottawa * Red Deer * Saint John * Sudbury * Sunshine Coast * Toronto * Victoria * Waterloo * Wolfville (NS)

NOTE : Only the link to the Toronto and Ottawa reports appear below because I live in Ottawa, and Toronto is, well, Toronto*, eh...
For all other city reports, click the above link and select a city or region to access its report.
* Hey, I'm not sayin' that Toronto would pick up its marbles and go home or anything if I *didn't*
include a link to their report, but the population of Toronto is larger than most of the other provinces combined (except Ontario), so there ya go...

2009 Vital Signs Report - Ottawa (PDF - 2.9MB, 27 pages)
Community Foundation of Ottawa

Toronto's Vital Signs 2009 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
Toronto Community Foundation

We help people invest in Toronto, making it the best place to live, work, learn and grow. We monitor the quality of life in our city, identifying its strengths and weaknesses through our Toronto’s Vital Signs® report

Related links:

Toronto: A city of disparities
October 6, 2009
By Royson James
Sooner, rather than later, Toronto needs a strike force to confront the dangerous patterns', `This is a picture of sickness linked to poverty – a snapshot of a city moving in opposite directions, its populace increasingly polarized. (...) Since 1998, the Toronto Community Foundation has been alerting us to the changing forces in our city and region. Toronto's Vital Signs, the annual checkup of the city's social, economic, environmental and physical health continues this year to track the alerts.

Community Foundations of Canada
We are the Canadian movement for community vitality, representing 168 Community Foundations across the country. Together, we help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

Poverty, Housing and Homelessness: Issues and Options
(PDF - 696K, 96 pages)
First Report of the Subcommittee on Cities of the Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology
[ Chair : The Honourable Art Eggleton, P.C. ]
June 2008

Related Media Advisory:

Poverty in Canada: 38 Years On
June 26, 2008
Since the landmark 1970 Croll Report brought the issue of poverty out of the shadows, the Senate has frequently revisited the crushing effects of poverty on Canadians. Today the Senate Subcommittee on Cities has tabled its report Poverty, Housing, and Homelessness: Issues and Options touching on Canada's largest metropolitan areas, complementing the work done this Parliamentary session by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on rural poverty.

Subcommittee on  Cities
[ Standing Senate Committee on
Social Affairs, Science and Technology

[ more reports by this Committee - 39th Parliament, 2nd Session ]
[ All Senate Committee reports - 39th Parliament, 2nd Session ]

Related link:

On the road to reduce poverty
July 7, 2008
By Carol Goar
The experts and activists have spoken. Now the Senate committee examining urban poverty wants to hear from the people. This summer, Senator Art Eggleton and his five colleagues (three Liberals, two Conservatives) head out to ask Canadians what they want to see in a national poverty reduction plan, how it should be designed and who should pay for it. They'll visit eastern Canada in August, Toronto and Montreal in September and the four western provinces in October.
The committee will provide witnesses with a 90-page report that distils the testimony it has heard over the past 18 months and sets out a list of options – 103 in fact – ranging from the complete replacement of the current income support with a guaranteed annual income to a few low-cost adjustments.
The Toronto Star

New from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):

Federation of Canadian Municipalities calls for champion to fight crisis in rural Canada
OTTAWA, May 26, 2009 - Rural Canada needs a champion at the federal cabinet table and a long-term plan from the federal government to reverse the decline in its struggling towns and villages. That was the message today from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it released its report, Wake-Up Call: The National Vision and Voice We Need for Rural Canada, at a news conference on Parliament Hill.
The report, launched by FCM´s Rural Forum and developed with contributions by Dr. Donald J. Savoie of the Université de Moncton and Dr. Bill Reimer of Concordia University, shines a light on the growing crisis in rural Canada and its implications for the national economy. It asks what role the federal government should play in rural communities and provides a road map for effective action in Ottawa.

:: Backgrounder - Rural Canada by the Numbers (PDF - 152K, 1 page)

:: Report - Wake Up Call: The National Vision and Voice We Need for Rural Canada (PDF - 263K, 21 pages)

:: Backgrounder - The Federal Role in Rural Sustainability (PDF - 148K, 2 pages)

:: Statement by FCM First Vice-President on today´s release of Wake-Up Call: The National Vision and Voice We Need for Rural Canada

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
With more than 1,775 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

Related link:

Rural Canada in crisis: report
May 26, 2009
OTTAWA - A new report says rural communities across the country are in crisis. The report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities urges the federal government to develop a long-term plan to diversify rural economies. It says rural communities need "a champion" at the federal cabinet table to ensure their priorities receive the proper resources and attention. Rural areas have been struggling for decades with shrinking populations and tax bases, lower-than-average incomes, and higher rates of poverty and chronic health problems. The problems have been exacerbated by the global economic meltdown.
Yahoo Canada News

Annual conference of the
Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA):

2009 Emergency Social Services Conference
Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel
February 26-27, 2009
Each year, OMSSA holds an Emergency Social Services Conference, a learning event to explore the many aspects of emergency social services that CMSMs and DSSABs provide in the event of an emergency in their communities. The conference is intended to provide emergency social services staff with practical tools and resources that they can adapt and implement in emergency plans for their communities.

Preliminary Program (PDF - 401K, 14 pages)
- updated to February 9

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA)
OMSSA is a non-profit organization whose members plan, manage, fund and deliver social and community services at the municipal level throughout Ontario. OMSSA works on behalf of Ontario's municipal service system managers, known as Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs). The consolidation of municipal service management by the provincial government has resulted in the creation of 47 CMSMs across Ontario, made up principally of upper tier municipalities in southern Ontario and District Social Service Administration Boards (DSSABs) in northern Ontario.

U.S. Mayors examine causes of hunger, homelessness (small PDF file - 2 pages)
News release
December 17, 2007
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Sodexho, Inc. released today the results of its 2007 Hunger and Homelessness Survey at a press conference at the Conference of Mayors Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For more than 21 years, the Conference of Mayors has documented the magnitude of the issues of hunger and homelessness in our nation’s cities. This report provides an analysis of the scale of the problem in twenty-three of America’s major cities (listed below) and the efforts these cities are making to address the issue.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Sodexho USA

Complete report:

2007 U.S. Hunger and Homelessness Report (PDF file - 983K, 72 pages)
December 2007

Federation of Canadian Municipalities report says
affordable housing still scarce in Canada's cities
OTTAWA, Jan. 16 – Despite increased levels of homeownership, finding an affordable place to live is still a challenge for the most vulnerable in Canada’s big cities.
This was one of the principal findings of the fourth theme report in FCM’s Quality of Life series, Trends & Issues in Affordable Housing &Homelessness, released today in Ottawa. The report, looks at affordable housing and homelessness between 2001 and 2006 in the 22 large and medium-sized municipalities and urban regions that make up the Quality of Life Reporting System.

2008 Quality of Life (QOL) Report:
Trends & Issues in Affordable Housing & Homelessness
(PDF file - 3.6MB, 40 pages)
January 2008
[NOTE: this file is S-L-O-W to open (on Jan. 16), likely because many people are trying to download the report at the same time...]
This publication, the fourth theme report published by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as part of the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS), focuses on trends related to housing and homelessness in 22 large and medium-sized municipalities and urban regions in Canada. The report's focus is the period 2000-2006, with some reference to trends dating back to 1991.
FCM Quality of Life Reports
[ Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)]

Local Government in Canada: Organization & Basic Institutions
Maple Leaf Web is a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian political education web-site that aims to provide educators, students and the attentive public with a credible source for political education and information.

R.I.P. (2000-2011)
Maple Leaf Web is a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian political education web-site that aims to provide educators, students and the attentive public with a credible source for political education and information. Located at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada), Maple Leaf Web publishes original articles and features on Canadian political events and institutions and provides important links to a wide range of external resources.

NOTE : As of Jan. 17, 2011, after 11 years of publishing Canadian political educational materials on the Internet, will no longer be actively maintained.

What's new from the Canadian Council on Social Development:

Urban Poverty 2007 - updated October 18/07
A fresh batch of Urban Poverty reports has been posted to the CCSD's Urban Poverty 2007 page. They include a report on populations vulnerable to poverty, one on education and employment, another on age, gender and family, and a final one on neighbourhood poverty. There's also a new urban poverty bibliography.

"Poverty is not only about the numbers. It's about the stark realities of daily life for millions of Canadians. We hope that the numbers provided here will help communities share information, leverage resources and create solutions to the blight of urban poverty in Canada. Products in the Urban Poverty Project include community profiles, a time-series analysis of urban poverty trends over the 1990s, and a detailed snapshot of urban poverty using the 2001 Census data."

Click the link above to access the project files listed below:

* Measuring Poverty: a backgrounder
* Media Release
* A Lost Decade - Urban Poverty in Canada, 1990-2000
o Factsheet # 1: Looking Back
o Factsheet # 2: Place Matters
o Factsheet # 3: Neighbourhood Poverty
* Detailed analyses of different dimensions of urban poverty in 2000, presented in the following reports:
o Poverty by Geography
o Dimensions of Income Among Poor Households
o Employment and Education
o Populations Vulnerable to Poverty
o Age, Gender and Family
o Neighbourhood Poverty
* Community Profiles - an online database containing demographic profiles of 111 communities across Canada;
* Poverty Data Tables: Another online database, organized by levels of geography
* A summary report on the Urban Poverty Project 2007 (forthcoming)
* UPP 2007 Bibliography

* Shelter - Homelessness in a growth economy: Canada's 21st century paradox (by Gordon Laird, for the Sheldon Chumir Foundation)
* Talking about urban poverty: CCSD's Katherine Scott speaks to Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (May 10, 2007)
* From the CCSD Archives: Urban Poverty Project 2000

Related links:

* Measuring Poverty
* Media Release
* Community Profiles

* From the CCSD Archives: Urban Poverty Project 2000

Canadian Council on Social Development

Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people
June 23, 2006
"Drawing some 10,000 participants from over 100 countries, the Third Session of the World Urban Forum closed on Friday paving the way for a new drive forward on the international urban agenda in a world of rapidly growing cities."
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Related Links:

World Urban Forum 2006 Official Website
The World Urban Forum 3 - Canadian Secretariat Website
Program (PDF file - 2.3MB, 8 pages)
- Links to websites of key partners in the Forum

World Urban Forum:Transforming Ideas into Action [from Human Resources and Social Development Canada]

Inclusive Cities Canada releases third policy and practice paper
October 23, 2006
Inclusive Cities Canada (ICC) releases its third policy and practice paper to advance social inclusion in cities and communities across Canada . The new paper by Philip O’Hara and two earlier papers build on the recommendations of the 2005 social inclusion audit reports.

Social Inclusion Health Indicators:
A Framework for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
(PDF file - 202K, 28 pages)
By Philip O’Hara
October 2006
Drawing on the national ICC research and the results of the social inclusion inquiry in Edmonton , Mr. O’Hara’s paper explores the close link between the dimensions of social inclusion and social determinants of health. The paper suggests social inclusion health indicators for Edmonton that are based on the ICC research and our knowledge about the SDOH. Key outcomes and lead indicators will be identified for each of the ICC dimensions of social inclusion, which will point to recommendations for public policy and community practice.

The two papers released previously are:

An ICC Recommendation Comes to Life: The Municipal Youth Cabinet’s Role in Inclusion
By Kathryn Asher
This paper presents a snapshot of Saint John and its local youth community, including challenges faced by a high poverty rate, the looming youth exodus, and local young people’s feelings of exclusion. ICC’s work on social inclusion is explored, particularly in relation to youth civic engagement, and youth (dis)engagement.
(This paper is jointly published by the Saint John Human Development Council and Inclusive Cities Canada .)

The Municipal Franchise and Social Inclusion in Toronto : Policy and Practice
Myer Siemiatycki
This paper addresses the question: Would extending the right to vote in civic elections – for municipal council and local school board positions – significantly advance democracy, civic participation and the prospects for more responsive public policy in Toronto?

Go to the Inclusive Cities Canada Home page and click on "Publications & Perspectives" to read summaries of both of these papers and to download the complete papers.

For more information, contact:
Christa Freiler, ICC National Coordinator [ ]
Phil O’Hara [ ]
John Kolkman, Edmonton Social Planning Council [ ]

Inclusive Cities Canada

Community Foundations of Canada
"Our mission: To build stronger communities by enhancing the philanthropic leadership of community foundations"

Community Foundations release first report cards on health of communities
Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa join Toronto in measuring their cities’ Vital Signs
News Release
October 4, 2006
OTTAWA – Community foundations in several of Canada’s largest cities published their first report cards today as part of Vital Signs, a new national project aimed at measuring the vitality of communities on an annual basis. The report cards track and grade each community’s quality of life in key areas such as the economy, health, housing, learning and the environment.

Vital Signs
Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our cities, identifies significant trends, and assigns grades in at least ten areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is based on a project of the Toronto Community Foundation and is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

Related Links:

Toronto Community Foundation
The Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) is a charitable organization dedicated to improving life in Toronto. TCF helps philanthropic citizens establish endowment funds and invests charitable gifts from a range of donors into a pooled income-earning fund. Each year, TCF identifies areas of need and provides support to donors to help ensure grants from fund earnings will have the greatest impact on Toronto's vital signs.

Toronto's Vital Signs 2006
Our Toronto’s Vital Signs® report is an annual fall check-up on the health of our city that measures and monitors key issue areas that affect our shared quality of life. It is also the core of TFC’s strategy to help donors achieve high-impact philanthropy across all of their charitable areas of interest.
PDF version – (11.4MB, 32 pages)
Expanded PDF version - with additional indicators, footnote and web links


Community Foundation of Ottawa
The Community Foundation of Ottawa is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. As an independent centre for community philanthropy, it connects donors who care with causes that matter and serves as a trusted resource for addressing issues and leveraging opportunities in the community.

Ottawa's Vital Signs 2006
October 4, 2006
PDF version (1.9MB, 24 pages)
HTML version - includes additional indicators and footnote links
"(...)Trends show that the gap between rich and poor is widening in Ottawa, and is greater in our city than the national average. In 2000, the highest income earners in Ottawa (those in the 90th percentile) earned 12 times more in after-tax income than the lowest income earners (10th percentile). Having a job is not necessarily a ticket out of poverty. In 2001, 13% of Ottawa's unattached individuals and 11% of families were the working poor. 38,691 people used Ottawa's food banks in 2005, continuing the steady increase seen in recent years. 39% of those using food banks are children." [Excerpt]


Victoria Foundation
The Victoria Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through the stewardship of permanent funds and other gifts and by grantmaking for charitable purposes on Southern Vancouver Island and beyond.

Victoria’s Vital Signs is an annual check-up that evaluates the Capital Region as a place to live, learn, work and grow. It measures the health of our city and assigns grades in a number of areas that are critical to Victoria’s vitality. Information included in the report has been gathered in cooperation with numerous sources that are researching and collecting data on Victoria.


Vancouver Foundation
Mission Statement: Through the growth and stewardship of permanent endowment funds and the distribution of income to a broad range of eligible organizations, Vancouver Foundation, in meeting community needs, provides philanthropic leadership to improve the quality of life for all British Columbians.

Vancouver's Vital Signs
"The online version of Vancouver’s Vital Signs provides comprehensive data, as well as source information links on indicators of the city’s livability and wellness in 12 key areas. Our citizen panel of nearly 200 individuals, with deep knowledge of Vancouver issues, provided Citizen Grades and Priorities in each key area."

Third Session of World Urban Forum closes after drawing 10,000 people
June 23, 2006
Drawing some 10,000 participants from over 100 countries, the Third Session of the World Urban Forum closed on Friday paving the way for a new drive forward on the international urban agenda in a world of rapidly growing cities." [more...]


World Urban Forum 2006 Official Website
June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities."
UN-HABITAT : United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Related Links:

The World Urban Forum 3 - Canadian Secretariat Website
- co-produced by United Nations HABITAT and the government of Canada.
"The WUF will be a unique opportunity for citizens, community groups, academics and governments from around the world to meet and work together to find new solutions to the complicated problems facing our quickly growing cities."
Program (PDF file - 2.3MB, 8 pages)
- Links to websites of key partners in the Forum

World Urban Forum:
Transforming Ideas into Action

June 19-23, 2006, Vancouver, Canada
"The rapid increase in urbanization is a world-wide challenge. That is why Canada is proud to be hosting the World Urban Forum 3 (WUF3), a UN-HABITAT sponsored event, where key players from all over the world will gather to share experiences and transform ideas into action to improve the quality of life in urban areas. Almost 80 percent of our population lives in communities, making Canada one of the most urbanized countries in the world. The annual global survey on urban quality of living ranks Canadian cities among the best in the world."
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

University of British Columbia (UBC) contribution to the World Urban Forum (October 2005 through June 2006)
- incl. links to info about : Living the Global City * Planners for Tomorrow * Sustainability by Design * Sustainability Street * The Greater Vancouver Green Guide * Global Urban Sustainability Solutions Exchange (GUSSE) * Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability: CIRS Seed Funding * Sustainability Planning Report and Market Network * University Town Bicycle Tours * Weaving Worlds Together: World Urban Forum & National Aboriginal Day * UBC Special Lectures * Earthblog
University of British Columbia (UBC) - Official World Urban ForumWebsite

Google Web Search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver
Google News search Results:
"World Urban Forum 2006, Vancouver"

The central theme of the 2006 Forum is Sustainable Cities: Turning Ideas into Action.

More Info on the World Urban Forum (PDF file - 206K, 1 page)
Info on the World YOUTH Forum (PDF file - 190 pages, 1 page)
Environmental Youth Alliance (Canadian)

Running on Empty: A Proposal to Improve City Finances (PDF file - 237K, 36 pages) February 2006
"Canada’s cities already have adequate taxation powers to put their finances in order, says a new Commentary by the C.D. Howe Institute. Rather than resorting to new tax fields to raise revenue, cities should make greater, smarter use of existing fields like property taxes, user fees or excise taxes, says the Urban Issues study, Running on Empty: A Proposal to Improve City Finances. Written by Jack Mintz, President and CEO of the Institute, and Tom Roberts, C.D. Howe Fellow for 2004-05, the study says a sensible approach to municipal funding problems would be to:
1. shift most social service costs to the provinces;
2. pursue municipal property tax reforms to reduce the scope for tax competition and exportation;
3. raise more municipal revenue from user fees where reasonable; and
4. reduce provincial transfers to municipalities.
However, they note that Ontario and Alberta may be special cases, for differing reasons, where further alternatives could be considered.

Cities still waiting for financial help
February 25, 2006
"Toronto Mayor David Miller has long and properly argued that cities in Ontario are being unfairly forced to spend millions of dollars on welfare services, public health and other programs that should, by rights, be fully funded by the province. Surprisingly, Premier Dalton McGuinty agrees. And a new report this week from the C.D. Howe Institute came to the same conclusion."
The Toronto Star

Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion:
Cross-Canada Findings and Priorities for Action
(PDF file - 344K, 47 pages)
Prepared for the national symposium on Building a New Canada:
Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion
Gatineau, November 27- 28, 2005
By Peter Clutterbuck, Christa Freiler and Marvyn Novick

Related Links:

National Symposium on Building a New Canada:
Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion

National Symposium on Building a New Canada:
Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion
November 27 - November 28, 2005
Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudiere, Gatineau, Quebec
The national symposium on Building a New Canada: Meeting the Civic Challenges of Social Inclusion is part of an initiative funded by Social Development Canada to enhance social inclusion in cities and communities across Canada. It will focus on two questions:
§ How can governments and communities meet the civic challenges of social inclusion so that all people are able to participate in the social and economic life of their cities and communities?
§ What is the federal government's role in supporting the social infrastructure of cities as an essential part of a Canadian urban strategy?

The national symposium is intended for federal government representatives from various departments, civic panel members and social planning councils, municipal governments, national organizations, and community leaders. For more information, contact Mary Micallef at (416) 351-0095, ext. 251 or via e-mail at Registration fee is $75.00.

Symposium Information
* Program
* Accommodation
* Registration

Inclusive Cities Canada

What's New from The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

September 21, 2005
Study: Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas: Final assessment
During the past 16 months, Statistics Canada has released a series of eight reports shedding light on economic and social issues of importance for the nation's 27 largest metropolitan centres. Based primarily on census data, this series provided substantial information and analysis on topics such as low income, health, immigration, culture, housing, labour markets, industrial structure, mobility, public transit and commuting, and Aboriginal people. This final assessment summarizes the major findings of the eight reports, and evaluates what has been learned.
Complete report:
Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas
Ten Things to Know About Canadian Metropolitan Areas: A synthesis of Statistics Canada’s
Trends and Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas Series
(PDF file - 458K, 42 pages)
Related Links:
Trends and conditions in census metropolitan areas

- incl. links to all eight reports in this series:
--- Aboriginal conditions in census metropolitan areas, 1981-2001
--- Work and commuting in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1996 to 2001
--- Labour markets, business activity and population growth and mobility in Canadian CMAs
--- Evolving housing conditions in Canada's census metropolitan areas, 1991-2001
Census metropolitan areas as culture clusters
--- Immigrants in Canada's census metropolitan areas
--- Health of Canadians living in census metropolitan areas
Low-income in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1980-2000
[NOTE: Click "View" beside the title of a report to access the HTML version or the PDF file]

June 23, 2005
Study: Aboriginal people living in metropolitan areas, 2001
Aboriginal people living in the nation's largest metropolitan centres were faring better overall in 2001 than they were two decades earlier. Nevertheless, these Aboriginal urban dwellers still faced many challenges, especially those living in western urban centres
Complete study:
Aboriginal Conditions in Census Metropolitan Areas, 1981 to 2001
(PDF file - 255K, 39 pages)

June 21, 2005
Study: Social relationships in rural and urban Canada, 2003
The differences between Canada's urban and rural residents are smaller than they are often perceived to be, according to a new study which examines the two groups in terms of various aspects of social engagement, cohesion and participation.
Complete study:
Social Engagement and Civic Participation:
Are Rural and Small Town Populations Really at an Advantage?
- PDF file - 176K, 24 pages)
Rural and Small Town Canada Analysis Bulletin - Vol. 6, no. 4

Reports provide wake-up call on future of Canada’s cities
Media Release
March 23, 2005
"‘Social inclusion’ reports were released today in five cities -- Saint John, Toronto, Burlington, Edmonton and Vancouver. They are the work of Inclusive Cities Canada, a unique, participatory research initiative that uses a social inclusion framework to build people-friendly cities, promote good urban governance and develop strategies for supporting urban diversity. The federally-funded initiative set up Civic Panels made of community and municipal leaders to conduct social inclusion ‘audits’. Over 1,000 participants contributed to the findings. The research examined important dimensions of social inclusion, such as how cities respond to diversity, levels of civic engagement, living conditions, opportunities for human development and community services."

Download the reports (all in PDF format):

St. John
* Full Report (895K, 49 pages)
The Human Development Council (HDC) is a local social planning council working with citizens to improve the overall quality of life in Greater Saint John. It was formed in 1979 and seeks to coordinate and promote social development in the region. Our goals are to: study and identify social needs within the community, and the services that exist to meet those needs; advise and assist in planning and developing new services and improving existing ones; initiate opportunities for joint action in the development, coordination, and delivery of services appropriate to community needs; and facilitate local citizens’ access to information about community programs and services.

* Full Report (287K, 64 pages)
* Executive Summary (74K, 11 pages)
The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto (CSPC-T) is a not-for-profit community organization. The CSPC aims to promote equitable, effective and inclusive policies for improving the quality of life in Toronto. Collectively, the predecessor organizations have over 100 years of experience in social planning, community development, policy analysis and research, advocacy, and service coordination. The work of CSPC-T is fuelled by the efforts and commitment of highly qualified staff and dedicated volunteers from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. The Community Social Planning Council of Toronto also serves as project sponsor (as an incorporated charitable organization) and provides administrative support for the ICC initiative.

* Full Report (1.1MB, 138 pages)
* Executive Summary (138K, 16 pages)

Community Development Halton (CDH) is an intermediary organization that through social research, needs identification, volunteerism and education serves the voluntary sector, municipal and regional government and local grass roots organization. Our purpose is to build the capacity of our community to improve the quality of life for all residents of Halton.

* Full Report (655K, 45 pages)
The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is a non-profit, independent social research and advocacy organization. The ESPC provides leadership to the community and its organizations in addressing social issues and effecting changes to social policy. Our work includes the definition of the scope and nature of social issues (social research), facilitation of community based solutions to social problems (social planning), the promotion of strategies which will reduce the long term costs and problems caused by unresolved social issues (advocacy), information and referral regarding human service and health programs, and the demonstration of new models of service delivery (innovation).

Vancouver/North Vancouver
* Preliminary Findings (975K, 25 pages)
The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) works with communities to build a just and healthy society for all. Founded in 1966, SPARC is a non-partisan organization whose members and directors are drawn from throughout British Columbia. SPARC BC is guided by the values of social justice, integrity, learning and inclusion and as such we conduct research, consulting, public education, and advocacy on issues of accessibility, income security, and community development.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities
[Inclusive Cities Canada works in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities]
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is a national organization of 1000 plus cities in Canada. Comprised of locally elected politicians, FCM endeavours to support local governments through conferences, research and information and acts as a lobby for the interests of cities with the Federal Government. Over the past 15 years besides issues of local infrastructure, FCM has advocated for a better quality of life in our local communities. To achieve our goals, FCM liaises and works with numerous other Canadian groups and organizations.

Inclusive Cities Canada
"Inclusive Cities Canada: A Cross-Canada Civic Initiative is a unique partnership of community leaders and elected municipal politicians working collaboratively to enhance social inclusion across Canada. The goals of Inclusive Cities Canada (ICC) are to strengthen the capacity of cities to create and sustain inclusive communities for the mutual benefit of all people, and to ensure that community voices of diversity are recognized as core Canadian ones."

Risk of homelessness rises as shelter costs squeeze low-income earners
News Release
November 17, 2004
"OTTAWA -- Rising shelter costs are making some of Canada’s large urban areas too expensive for low-income people and raising the risk of homelessness. That’s one of the principal findings of “Quality of Life in Canadian Communities, Incomes, Shelter and Necessities,” Theme Report I of the 2004 Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) Report, released today by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). (...) The report finds that low vacancy rates, dramatically rising rents, and lengthening waiting lists for social housing are the results of a 50 per cent drop in rental-housing construction between 1991 and 2001. As a result, the gap between rents and incomes widened, and rents generally exceeded what low-income earners could afford."

Quality of Life Theme Report I: Incomes, Shelter and Necessities (PDF file - 1.4MB, 36 pages)

Backgrounder: QOL Theme Report I (HTML)

Backgrounder: Homelessness (HTML)

Moving Forward:
Refining the FCM Recommendations for a National Affordable Housing Strategy
(Word file - 420K, 84 pages)
October 2004

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Inclusive Cities Canada
"Inclusive Cities Canada: A Cross-Canada Civic Initiative is a unique partnership of community leaders and elected municipal politicians working collaboratively to enhance social inclusion across Canada. The goals of Inclusive Cities Canada (ICC) are to strengthen the capacity of cities to create and sustain inclusive communities for the mutual benefit of all people, and to ensure that community voices of diversity are recognized as core Canadian ones. A concern about children, youth and families, particularly those from diverse and vulnerable populations, is at the heart of the initiative."
[Civic Panel Members (participating cities) are: Burlington ON - Edmonton AB - Saint John NB - Toronto ON - Vancouver / North Vancouver BC]
- incl. links to:
About ICC (Who We Are - What We Do and Why - ICC Partners - National Steering Committee - Civic Panel Members)
Publications & perspectives (ICC Research - Canada - International)
Current Developments (section not yet developed)
Contact ICC

Background Paper and Project Overview, Phase 1 (PDF file, 107K)
November 2004
"A 13-page background and overview paper that describes ICC and its work and situates the initiative within the larger context of social inclusion in Canada and abroad"

Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Local Government:
Provincial-Territorial Ministers Urge Immediate Negotiations on Federal Funding

News Release
November 12, 2004
"TORONTO, November 12, 2004 - Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Local Government met today in Toronto and unanimously reaffirmed the principles agreed to last September in Québec City, that should underlie federal initiatives regarding municipalities. Ministers stressed their individual readiness to begin bi-lateral negotiations immediately with the federal government."

Principles Underlying Federal Government Initiatives Regarding Municipalities

Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

From the Federation of Canadian Municipalities:

Big city mayors call for “new deal” partnership to solve housing crisis:
Housing and infrastructure two priorities needing quick action and partnership say mayors

News Release
Toronto, Ont., Nov. 5 – Emphasizing that “everybody needs a home,” the mayors of Canada’s 22 largest cities said today they are ready to work with the federal government to develop solutions to the housing problems in their communities and get money flowing quickly to create more affordable housing across the country."

Moving Forward: Refining the FCM Recommendations
for a National Affordable Housing Strategy
(PDF file - 1MB, 87 pages)
October 2004
"Housing affordability and homelessness, the most visible manifestation of the lack of affordable housing, are a significant concern to Canadian municipalities. On behalf of its members, FCM has sought to identify and promote strategies to address this persisting problem."

Big city mayors agree to work with feds on addressing housing crunch
Canadian Press
November 5, 2004
"TORONTO -- The mayors of Canada's 22 largest cities agreed Friday to create a working group that will collaborate with the federal government to design a strategy for building affordable housing.The mayors met with federal Housing Minister Joe Fontana at the Big City Mayors' Caucus to negotiate for a seat at the table with provincial and federal partners to address the affordable housing crunch facing many Canadian cities."

Infrastructure Canada: New Deal for Cities and Communities
October 6, 2004
"The New Deal is composed of four key components: Vision - Relationships - Funding - Cities and Communities Lens."
Infrastructure Canada

Related Links:

The New Deal: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Liberal Party of Canada

Budget 2004: Health Care, Learning and Communities
March 23, 2004

National leadership and vision vital to a "new deal" for cities--Report
September 10, 2004
"OTTAWA--An effective 'New Deal' for cities requires a coherent National Urban Strategy to reinforce and redirect current levels of federal involvement in community development and sustainability, according to a briefing paper released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."
More Than Money:
The New Deal for Cities and a Federal Urban Lens
(PDF file - 256K, 14 pages)
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Web Search Results: "New Deal for Cities and Communities" News Search Results: "New Deal for Cities and Communities"

Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)
"The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally. Here you can access discussions on Canadian and
programs. You can find information about upcoming events such as Conferences, Roundtable Breakfast Seminars and the Urban Leadership Series, which provide stimulating discussions on current urban issues. You may also access the various research publications, take advantage of our services and benefits of membership."
- incl. links to : CUI Services - Become a Member - Get Involved - Publications - Japan Local Gov. Ctr. - CUI Offices Abroad - Corporate Members - Job Opportunities - Media Releases - Urban Resources - What is CUI - Mission/Vision - Board Members - Staff Profiles

Current Research - Canadian Programs
" The CUI is involved in a variety of projects across a broad range of topics. Find out about our projects in these principal areas of interest:
Urban Governance, Systems and Infrastructure - Economic Development and Environment - Urban Planning, Housing and Growth Management - Heritage and Culture"

Toronto City Summit Alliance
"In 2002-2003, the CUI was the lead consultant to the Housing Work Group of the Toronto City Summit Alliance – a partnership of private sector, corporate and community-based agencies providing leadership on critical urban issues in the GTA. The full report, titled Enough Talk – An Action Plan for the Toronto Region

Enough Talk: An Action Plan for the Toronto Region (PDF file - 579K, 76 pages)
Toronto City Summit Alliance
April 2003
- incl. links to: A Vision for the Toronto Region - A Snapshot of the Regional Economy - A New Fiscal Deal for Cities - Shoring Up Our Physical Infrastructure - Reviving Tourism in Toronto - Creating a World-Leading Research Alliance - Investing in People (• Early Childhood Development • Public Education • Post-Secondary Education) - Becoming a Centre of Excellence in Integrating Immigrants - Strengthening Our Social and - Community Infrastructure (• Affordable Housing • Community Services) - Supporting the Arts and Culture - A Time for Action

International Programs Office
"The CUI has extensive international experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local government capacity development and urban management programs. Projects have been implemented in several countries within the following regions: Central Europe, The Balkans, The Americas and Asia."

Cities in decline
April 14, 2004
Globe and Mail Update
"Canadian cities are becoming increasingly fragile, with the gap between the haves and have-nots widening as a burgeoning population of immigrants struggles to enter the work force and the cost of living rises, a new report says. The report, entitled Quality of Life in Canadian Municipalities, documents the findings of a study examining changes in the economic, environmental and social conditions of 20 Canadian municipalities from 1990 to 2002."
The Globe and Mail

From the Federation of Canadian Municipalities :

Quality of Life Highlights Report 2004 (PDF file - 2.3MB, 36 pages)
"In general, this report finds that progress on Quality of Life has been mixed, with the benefits not shared by all. Despite a recovery from the recession of the early 1990s, there are clear indications of continuing income inequality and social exclusion, as well as pressure on the environmental. As a result, Quality of Life in these communities remains fragile."
(Excerpt from the report's Conclusion)
News Release (April 14, 2004)

Related Links:

Quality of Life Reporting System
"Developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) measures, monitors and reports on the quality of life in Canadian urban municipalities using data from a variety of national and municipal sources."

Earlier Quality of Life Reports by FCM - 1999, 2001, 2003

Building Inclusive Communities:
Cross-Canada Perspectives and Strategies

Prepared for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
and The Laidlaw Foundation
by Peter Clutterbuck and Marvyn Novick
April 2003
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The Laidlaw Foundation

Policy Options - February 2004
- The State of Canadian Cities
"Canada's cities: ten experts assess the state of Canadian cities and what lies ahead.
Plus, Rod McQueen reflects on the life of Robert Stanfield, a special dossier on trade policy, an excerpt from Roy MacSkimming's The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada's Writers and much more."
Back Issues of Policy Options (back to 1997, full text of hundreds of articles)
Institute for Research on Public Policy

Beyond the Money: The Challenge of Collaboration in Canada's Cities
February 27, 2004

Beyond the Money: The Challenge of Collaboration in Canada’s Cities (PDF file - 108K, 1 page)
News Release
February 27, 2004
"Much of the recent attention to cities has centred on the question of resources – where will they get the revenue base needed to match their responsibilities? It’s an important challenge, but by no means the only one if we are to make the most of the creative, social and economic potential of Canada’s urban centres."

Complete Report:
Place Matters and Multi-level Governance: Perspectives on a New Urban Policy Paradigm

Family Network
[ Canadian Policy Research Network ]

Strengthening our communities
The role of the local government in social development
(PDF file - 471K, 12 pages)
Perspectives - Winter 2004
- Perspectives, a publication of The City of Calgary (Community Strategies) is published three times per year.
In this issue:
Strengthening Our Communities - A World of Cities - Back on the Agenda - Cities are More Than Bricks and Mortar - Federal,Provincial &Municipal Roles - Through the Seasons of Life - Family and Community Support Services - Federal Government unveils an urban strategy - Playing Its Part - Reaching Out to Families in Crisis - Independence:The City Provides The Link - Coming Events
Community Strategies [ City of Calgary ]
"Community Strategies supports fledgling community issues and initiatives, works with The City of Calgary's not-for-profit partners and provides research, planning and marketing for community vitality and protection-related services at The City."

Urban income gap still growing, says FCM study
November 26, 2003
"OTTAWA - The gap between those with the most income and those with the least continues to grow in Canada’s cities, says a report released today by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
The report, Falling Behind: Our Growing Income Gap, focuses on three cities – Calgary, Toronto and Saskatoon – to investigate the growing income gap, which was first identified in FCM’s 2001 Quality of Life (QoL) Report."
Income Gap Overview (PDF file - 2.1MB, 12 pages)
Full document (PDF file - 1.2MB, 76 pages)
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
NOTE to the FCM: this is excellent content, but you could reduce the size of your PDF files significantly by toning down the graphics in your PDF files.
NOTE to visitors using a dial-up connection: you might as well go for the full report - it's a smaller file to download than the flashy, colourful 12-page overview...

Speech by the Honourable John Manley, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance,
to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Winnipeg, Manitoba
June 1, 2003
It is important that we, federal and municipal politicians, come together like this to talk about how together we can meet the interests of 21st century Canadian communities. It is increasingly obvious that the old top-down form of governance—federal down to provincial, then down to municipal, and citizens somewhere at the bottom—is simply wrong. (...) we need to strengthen the federal role as a partner to municipalities and provinces in sustaining livable and workable Canadian communities, which are critical to advancing our nation’s economic, social and cultural interests."
Source : Finance Canada

Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues
- incl. links to : Final Report | Interim Report | Press Releases | Have Your Say | Photos | Acknowledgements | Question Period
Canada’s Urban Strategy : A Blueprint for Action
Final Report of the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues
(PDF file - 431K, 41 pages)
Chair: Judy Sgro, MP
November 2002

Canada’s Urban Strategy: A Vision for the 21st Century (PDF file - 500K, 80 pages)
Interim Report
May 2002

Local Government Links
40+ links to excellent resources in Canada and other countries
- incl. links to : Canada's Local Government Information Centre (ICURR) - Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) - Council for Urban Economic Development - Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Great Cities Institute - Metropolis (Canadian Sites) - National City Government Resource Center - Municipal Governments [in Canada] - - Canadian Municipal Profiles - Neighborhoods Online - and much more...
Source : University of British Columbia Library

Muniscope Information and Networking - Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research (ICURR)
"The Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research was created at the 1967 meeting of First Ministers for the purpose of exchanging information with respect to urban and regional matters between all levels of government. ICURR is funded* by all the provinces and territories as well as by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). (...) Muniscope tracks down research, legislation as well as practical solutions to current municipal issues. The Muniscope library collection has over 9,000 publications relating to urban, regional and rural settings. More than a library, Muniscope offers an extensive networking service across Canada."
Click "Upcoming conferences" on the home page for a long list of Canadian and some international events with an urban/municipal focus, along with website and contact information.
*Re. funding:
Provincial/territorial governments and CMHC provide partial funding for 90% of Muniscope operating costs. The remainder comes from Muniscope's membership subscription fees: Pay-As-You-Go memberships cost $150/yr. plus loan fees and Full-Service memberships cost $400/yr. --- for more info on both membership levels, click "Details"on the Muniscope Home Page (under "BECOME A MEMBER")
...or sign in as a guest to try out the service for a free trial period.

Centre for Urban and Community Studies
"Established by the University of Toronto 35 years ago as a graduate research facility, CUCS has a distinguished record as a leading urban research centre in Canada and abroad. It draws from a diversity of disciplines - for the most part in the social sciences - including geography and urban planning, political science, and sociology. Research covers a range of areas of inquiry relevant to cities and communities, locally, nationally and internationally."
- incl. links to : What's New - About CUCS - People - Publications

Downtown Eastside Revitalization Program (Vancouver)
The Downtown Eastside Revitalization Program is a multi-faceted approach to restoring a low-income neighbourhood  to a healthy, safe and liveable neighbourhood for all. Visit this site  for information on many aspects of this project, including community health and safety, economic development, startegies and initiatives and much, much more. Check out the links to over two dozen Web sites of organizations and groups that play a role in the Downtown Eastside.
The Vancouver Agreement is a commitment by the federal government, the province of B.C., and the City of Vancouver to work together to support sustainable economic, social and community development in Vancouver. The City of Vancouver will undertake this work with a number of key partners: the Downtown Eastside community itself, its adjoining neighbourhoods, the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, Vancouver's Coalition on Crime Prevention and Drug Treatment, the Vancouver Economic Development Commission, the National Crime Prevention Centre, and the federal and provincial governments through The Vancouver Agreement

Cities and Globalization : Communities in a Changing World
Couchiching 71st Annual Summer Conference 2002
August 8–11 at Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario, Canada
" In Canada, vibrant urban regions depend on more than municipal taxes to provide the infrastructure to support their vital contribution to national life; and yet electoral realities bias senior levels of government against the needs of cities. How are successful communities turning globalization to their advantage and mitigating its destructive effects?"

- incl. links to : An Introduction to the 2002 Conference - Speakers and Moderators - Scholarships - Conference Items for Sale - How to Get to the Conference - Secure Online Registration - Conference PDF
Source : Couchiching Online - The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs

Quality of Life Research Unit (University of Toronto)
The Quality of Life Research Unit is one of several research units within the Centre for Health Promotion in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Our purpose is to carry out quality of life research that relates to communities, families, and individuals from a variety of population groups.

Quality of Life Research Projects
Great collection of links  - includes Seniors' Participatory Project - Inequality and Health Quality of Life Profile - Quality of Life of People With Developmental Disabilities (A four year longitudinal study) - The Family Quality of Life Project - Quality of Life of Seniors - Quality of Life of Adolescents - The Childrens' Quality of Life Project - Community Quality of Life - Quality of Life of Persons with Physical and Sensory Disabilities
Related Links - see The Social Indicators Launchpad from the Canadian Council on Social Development

Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD)
(see more information about and links to the CCSD on the Canadian Social Research Organizations page of this site)

Urban Poverty in Canada: A Statistical Profile - April 2000
by Kevin K. Lee
This study uses the most recent statistics available to compare poverty rates among Canadian cities and provide a profile of Canada's urban poor. Special attention is given to poverty rates among visible minorities, immigrants, and Aboriginal peoples living in urban areas. Includes detailed poverty statistics (age, sex, population group, education, employment activity, sources of income and more) for Canada, broken down to the regional and municipal level (see Appendix "B" of the report for details)
- Backgrounder
- Communiqué
- Highlights
- Resource People

The Health of Canada's Communities
The health of Canada's communities 2000/01
July 4, 2002

"Life expectancy in Canada is among the best in the world and has been for several decades. However, health status is by no means evenly distributed across Canada's communities, according to a new study."

Complete report (PDF file 360K, 25 pages)
Source : Statistics Canada, The Daily

Trade rules may prevent municipalities from implementing Walkerton recommendations : Study (Ontario)
News Release
May 29, 2002
Municipalities may face unexpected barriers in implementing the Walkerton Inquiry recommendations to protect drinking water and agricultural lands due to the federal governments approach to trade negotiations, according to a new study by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives."
Complete report:
From Global to Local: GATS Impacts on Canadian Municipalities (PDF file - 600K, 51 pages)
Michelle Swenarchuk
Source : Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
See also : Canadian Environmental Law Association

Canada West Foundation (CWF)

A Roof Over Our Heads: Affordable Housing and Urban Growth in Western Canada
October 2000
The Impact of Urban Growth on Affordable Housing: An Economic Analysis
October 2000
Each of these links will take you to the summary page for the relevant report - from there, you can click on "Download PDF" to complete the personal information form (which I personally find intrusive) and then access the file.
Check the CWF Publications page for links to full copies (in PDF format) of over 50 reports dating back to early 1997.

The Conference Board of Canada - Metropolitan Service
($ Subscription service $)
The Metropolitan Service is a comprehensive package of information on the Metropolitan economies, produced three times a year by The Conference of Canada.  The Metropolitan Outlook provides insights into ten major Canadian cities' economies, their related provinces and Canada. The Conference Board’s economic forecast is available in hardcopy and/or electronically.

Metropolitan sample report - (PDF file, 12 pages, 1.3MB)

The Metropolis Project - "An international forum for research and policy on migration and cities"
The International Metropolis Project is a set of co-ordinated activities carried out by a membership of research and policy organizations who share a vision of strengthened immigration policy by means of applied academic research. The Metropolis partnership, now from twenty countries and a number of international research and policy organizations represents a wide range of policy and academic interests.
More about the International Metropolis Project
See the List of Metropolis Project Partner Countries and Organizations
- including Metropolis Canada (see below)

Sixth International Metropolis Conference
Rotterdam, The Netherlands, November 26 - 30, 2001

Metropolis Canada
Metropolis is an international forum for comparative research and public policy development about population migration, cultural diversity and the challenges of immigrant integration in cities in Canada and around the world.

National Crime Prevention Centre
Department of Justice
The National Crime Prevention Centre Internet Site (NCPC Site) is the Internet access point through which Internet users around the world can obtain information about crime prevention projects in Canada, the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention, the National Crime Prevention Centre, its programs and services.

Local Government Institute (LGI)
Created in 1995, the Local Government Institute (LGI) is a group of University of Victoria faculty dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments. The Institute assists local officials by identifying management practices and production alternatives that have resulted in improved service delivery to local governments in Canada.

Policy Research Initiative (PRI)
The Policy Research Initiative (PRI) seeks to strengthen the policy research capacity in Canada. This site provides a service to the wide range of people interested and involved in public policy research and development.

Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) works with and for municipal governments. AMO's traditional activities include inter-government relations and policy development; information gathering and disseminating on all issues affecting municipalities.  AMO also develops and delivers new and innovative products and services for municipalities.

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA)
OMSSA is a non - profit municipal social services association formed In 1950 to collect and share information on social services and to provide professional development and consulting services.

2007 Forum on Social Housing and Homelessness for
Service Managers, Shelter Providers and Front Line Staff
(PDF file - 1.3MB, 25 pages)
September 18–20, 2007
Toronto, Ontario
"(...)The theme for this year’s forum, “It Starts with Us”, is reflected in the main message within the keynote addresses and workshops being offered over the two-and-a-half- day forum. Delegates who deliver municipal social housing and homelessness services as well as shelter and hostel representatives from across Ontario can expect to come away from this forum with tools, resources and concrete examples of partnerships, as well as a renewed sense of the importance of collaboration as they pursue the goal of healthy communities and a home for all Ontarians."

Ontario Municipal Social Services Association

City of Toronto
Community and Neighbourhood Services
- includes information about : Children's Services - Homes for the Aged - Shelter, Housing and Support - Social Development - Social Services - Toronto Housing Company

Vibrant Communities
Updated October 26, 2013 is a learning community of members from diverse sectors, multi-sector roundtables, who share a common interest in reducing poverty, community engagement and collaboration. It is made up of individuals who are united in our desire to see one million people move beyond poverty all across Canada.

Resource Library
- includes links to resources on the following topics:
* Multi-sector Collaboration * Comprehensive Community Change * Poverty Reduction * Collective Impact * Asset Based Community Development * Community Engagement * Innovation * Social Enterprise * Small & Rural Communities * Income Security * Food Security * Transportation * Housing & Homelessness * Health Equity & Social Inclusion * Neighbourhood Revitalization & Economic Development * Tools & Templates * Advocacy & Policy * Evaluation * Governance & Leadership * Case Studies & Community Stories * Funding & Fundraising * About Roundtables for Poverty Reduction * Lived Experience * Vibrant Communities

Recent Publications
* Health Care In Canada - What Makes Us Sick?
* Community Social Profile Of Waterloo Region
* Poverty Or Prosperity (Indigenous Children in Canada)
* Empower The Community: New Brunswick's Approach To Overcoming Poverty
* Funding Learning Networks For Community Impact
* Cities Reducing Poverty Charter
* Household Food Insecurity In Canada

Ressources en français


Working Poor Families Project (U.S.)
January 24, 2013
The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) is a American initiative to strengthen state policies that can assist families striving to work their way into the middle class and achieve economic security.

This group recently released a report entitled:
It makes the case that even though the economy appears to be recovering many families are being left behind and the income inequality gap is only expanding.
From the introduction:
While the U.S. economy has shown some signs of recovery—the U.S. unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent from 10 percent three years ago—the economic outlook for many working families is bleak. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of low-income working families in the United States increased to 10.4 million in 2011, up from 10.2 million a year earlier.

Cities Reducing Poverty Blogs

Sample blog content:

Cities Connect – October 2013 updates
A weekly roundup of news and ideas about Poverty Reduction in Canada
This week has several new resources – a community response to poverty in PEI, the Thunder Bay Poverty reduction Strategy, the Canadian Index of Well-Being’s Community Survey, the Yukon’s poverty action week and a video about how to build better brains.
By Donna Jean Forster-Gill

NOTE : Each issue of Cities Connect includes the following sections:
* Cities Reducing Poverty Member News
* Community Update of the Week
* Tool of the Week
* Other News, Resources and Events

Recommended reading!

Donna Jean Forster-Gill's blog

Donna Jean Forster-Gill is with
Vibrant Communities Canada – Cities Reducing Poverty

Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement
Tamarack is a charity that develops and supports learning communities that help people to collaborate, co-generate knowledge and achieve collective impact on complex community issues. Our vision is to build a connected force for community change. Join us as we discover how communities can act together for positive change!



From the
United Nations Human Settlements Programme:

State of the world’s cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of cities
12 November 2012
This report by the UN looks into the prosperity and the changing urban landscape of major cities all around the globe. As the world moves into the urban age, the dynamism and intense vitality of cities become even more prominent.
Amidst multiple challenges facing cities today, a focus on poverty reduction and/or responses to the economic crisis is gradually shifting to a broader and more general understanding of the need to harness the transformative dynamics and potentials which, to varying degrees, characterize any city anywhere in the world.

Complete report:

State of the world’s cities 2012/2013 : Prosperity of cities (PDF - 5.5MB, 152 pages)
(...) This report focuses on the notion of prosperity and its realisation in urban areas. More specifically, this report advocates a shift in attention around the world in favour of a more robust notion of development – one that looks beyond the narrow domain of economic growth that has dominated ill-balanced policy agendas over the last decades. The gist of this report is the need for transformative change towards people-centred, sustainable urban development, and this is what a revised notion of prosperity can provide.
[Excerpt : Introduction, p. 6]

UN Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.


- Go to the United Nations Links page:


The Sustainable Cities Programme
[part of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme ]
"The past several decades have seen a growing interest in the notion of various aspects of sustainable development, whether they be in terms of agriculture, transportation planning, or creating large-scale housing programs. Located within the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, the Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) is a facility dedicated to building capacities in urban environmental planning and management. Currently the SCP operates in 20 cities around the globe, including cities in China, Chile, Egypt, and Kenya. Visitors to the site will want to read about how the programme operates in different parts of the world, and then perhaps look at their publications, which include several fact sheets and source books on topic such as urban air quality management and environmental planning. Finally, the site also provides material on their various global meetings, such as the upcoming SCP meeting in Havana during June 2005."
[Review by The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2005]


The State of the World’s Cities: 2004/2005
"The United Nations Human Settlements Programme published the first State of the World Cities report in 2001, and just recently released this updated version which offers insight and critical analysis of the state of the world’s major urban areas and how they are changing, both for good and for ill. The report was launched on September 14, 2004, at a conference in Barcelona at the World Urban Forum, and while visitors to the site can’t read the entire report for free, they can read a brief summary of each section contained within the full report. The various sections include such provocative topics as “Ticking Time-Bombs: Low-income settlements”, “Africa’s Secret Modernist City”, and “Crimes of the Child”. These excerpts are enhanced by a Flash presentation that talks a bit about the general findings of the report and also a press kit."
Review by:
The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003

The UN Report on The State of the World's Cities Warns of the Advance of Poverty (PDF file - 26K, 2 pages)
September 16, 2004
Press Release
United Nations Human Settlements Programme 2004

Short articles from State of the World's Cities 2004/5: Globalization and Urban Culture (PDF and Word format)

UN-HABITAT Report Celebrates Multicultural Cities
September 14, 2004

Related UN-HABITAT Link:

World Urban Forum (September 1317, 2004 - Barcelona)
- Draft Report of the Second Session of the World Urban Forum (updated 23 September 2004) (PDF file - 246K, 80 pages)
"This draft report contains summary reports on the Dialogues which were held during the Second Session of the Forum. These summary reports give the highlights of the discussions and the issues that emerged for consideration by the Executive Director and the Governing Council of UN-HABITAT."


Quality of Life Project - "Monitoring Social, Economic and Environmental Conditions"
- New Zealand
"...a picture of the quality of life in the six largest cities of New Zealand. The Councils of these cities -Auckland, Christchurch, Manukau, North Shore, Waitakere and Wellington - are concerned about the impacts of growth and urbanisation and the effects of this on the wellbeing of citizens."

- incl. links to : About the Project | Key Indicators | Definitions | Data Collection | Data Management Policy | Links | Contact | Demographics | Housing | Health | Education | Employment and Economy | Safety | Urban Environment | Community Cohesion | Democracy | Site Map |
Quality of Life Report (PDF file - 3.2MB, 119 pages)
Executive summary & commentary (PDF file - 104K, 6 pages)
March 2001
Quality of Life Indicators - 50+ individual PDF files dealing with a wide range of quality of life indicators, organized under the following headings: health - demographics - urban environment - education - community cohesion - safety - housing - employment and economy - democracy
Next Report
"A second report is being prepared to assess the current situation. The report is aimed for publication in early 2003."
- also presents information about the 2002 public consultation process, including links to two PDF files:
Quality of Life Consultation July 2002 (PDF - 75K) - introduction and background of the quality of life project + an overview of outcomes, issues and high level indicators related to quality of life in the largest cities of New Zealand.
Quality of Life Appendix "A" July 2002 (PDF - 151K) - detailed table of indicators aimed at measuring progress on the outcomes, issues and high level indicators.

National League of Cities
The mission of the National League of Cities (NLC) is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. NLC was established in 1924 by and for reform-minded state municipal leagues. NLC now represents 49 leagues, more than 1,500 member cities, and through the membership of the state municipal leagues, NLC represents more than 18,000 cities and towns of all sizes in total.

Centre for Urban Research

Local Government Association Gateway - UK

MUNISOURCE.ORG - "Largest Collection of Municipal Government-Related Information on the web!"

International Union of Local Authorities (IULA)
Working since 1913 to promote democratic local self-government worldwide

Municipal World
Municipal World is the oldest continuously published monthly municipal magazine in the world. Founded in 1891, the magazine is devoted to promoting effective municipal government. This site features important information about local government, details about Municipal World's products and services, and links to other local government resources. And best of all - it's Canadian, eh?

Municipal World's Hot Links - excellent collection of links to all things municipal - even international municipal (!) stuff.

Center for Urban Research & Policy
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University

State of the Cities 2000 - U.S.
June 11, 2000
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s State of the Cities 2000 report says growth in cities has been strong and sustained in high-tech and other jobs, business creation and homeownership.
Full text (PDF file, 2338K - 138 pages)
 State of the Cities Data System provides the latest data on 114 selected cities released as part of  State of the Cities 2000
Go to the Housing and Urban Development website

Quality, not quantity improving living conditions in our cities (International)
UN/ECE Ministers of housing and spatial planning meet in Geneva
Geneva, 19 September 2000
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)
Press Release
Today the Ministers outlined their vision of the city in the 21st century. They also adopted a Declaration and a Strategy to improve the quality of life in human settlements in the 21st century. Their Strategy’s goal is fivefold...more

MOST Urban Issues: Urban Development and Governance
UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) hosts this Website dedicated to urban issues in global development. Included here is a substantial array of academic and professional publications, including working papers and project reports; Internet sites; and MOST programme descriptions and conference information relating to issues of transforming the development of urban areas in ways that maximize democracy, economic equality, and quality of life. Current postings include a report on MOST's recently completed project Industrial Decentralization and Urban Development in India with consideration of SouthEast and East Asian States, and related working papers. Most of the publications offered on the Website are in .pdf format.
- Reviewed by the Scout Report for Social Sciences
- incl. links to : MOST urban issues and the UN system - Urban research, governance and planning - Urban management and civil society participation - Capacity-building for city professionals and co-operation networking - Calendar of meetings and events - Activities sponsored by UNESCO - Publications on urban issues

The Urban Institute (U.S.) - A nonpartisan economic and social research organization
Large site - includes tons of information in many areas, including : Amercan Cities - Updating America's Social Contract - Crime in America - Medicare - Social Security - Welfare Reform - The Working Poor - At-Risk Teens - Child Care - Homelessness - Family Well-Being - and much more...
Assessing the New Federalism is a multi-year Urban Institute research project to analyze the devolution of responsibility for social programs from the federal government to the states, focusing primarily on health care, income security, job training, and social services.

U.S. Conference of Mayors
The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,191 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
The primary roles of The U.S. Conference of Mayors are to:
* Promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy;
* Strengthen federal-city relationships;
* Ensure that federal policy meets urban needs;
* Provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and
* Create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.



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