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News releases and media advisories (2011 - present)



November, 2019 
Greater Victoria to Participate in the 2020 National Coordinated Point-in-Time Homeless Count.
October, 2019 
CSPC Annual Full Report.
October, 2019 
September, 2019 
Healthy and Safe Environment Metrics.
June, 2019 
Towards a Healthier Drinking Culture: A Community Dialogue in the Victoria Region
June, 2019 
Brief on Youth feedback on Healthy Drinking
May 1, 2019 
New Living Wage for Great Victoria: Expenses up but living wage down.
March 14, 2019 New Report on renatl hosuing insecurity in Greater Victoria


July 10, 2018 CSPC Continues Transformation with Appointment of New CEO
April 25, 2018 Soaring housing costs causing living wage to increase in Greater Victoria to $20.50 per hour.


Apr 26, 2017 Living wage 2017: the wage needed to cover the costs of raising a family in Greater Victoria is $20.01 per hour. Cost of living continues to increase in the region, while social policy demonstrates its ability to offset increasing expenses and assist families who are struggling to make ends meet.


Oct 25, 2016

The Community Social Planning Council and the Canadian Senior Cohousing Society are launching Innovating Seniors Housing, a guide and report that explore innovations to meet seniors housing and care needs, focusing on the concept of senior cohousing.



April 29, 2015

Living wage rises again in 2015; federal policies leave families struggling to cover basics


September 29, 2014 John Greschner, Deputy Representative of Children and Youth,
to open From Charity to Social Justice: Addressing Child and Family Poverty Conference
September 9, 2014 Thought leader on Canadian Community Investment Funds coming to town
August 27, 2014 Rankin MacSween Coming to Victoria
May 28, 2014 Call for Province to Support Community Investment Funds to Create Local Jobs and Affordable Housing
April 29, 2014 2014 living wage calculation: you need to work almost two full-time minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet in Greater Victoria
January 20, 2014 Greater Victoria MLAs and MPs Endorse Community Action Plan on Poverty


August 12, 2013 Susan Low joins the Community Social Planning Council as a Community Developer
June 13, 2013 New Community Social Planning Council report calls for an integrated, planned and pro-active service system to support children and families
May 14, 2013 Victoria West comes together to strengthen their neighbourhood resilience
May 2, 2013 12 Organizations Working to Improve the Quality of Youth Programs in the CRD
May 2, 2013 It takes $18.73 per hour to raise a family in Greater Victoria
Feb. 20, 2013   Local Neighbourhood sought for Building Resilient Neighbourhoods demonstration pilot
Jan. 30, 2013 Short-term Thinking in Government Community Service Contracting
Hurting Service Quality, British Columbia Communities


Oct. 22, 2012

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond event, "It Takes a Village: Innovations in supporting families" is Sold Out

Oct. 18, 2012 Rental housing demand is projected to increase by 21% over the next
25 years while achieving affordability continues to be a challenge in the Capital Region
Oct. 17, 2012 Building a Resilient Region - One Neighbourhood at a Time
May 31, 2012

The Capital Region Community Action on Poverty is launched.
Click here for the release, or here for the full media package.

May 24, 2012 Advisory:
Gourmet “100 MILE” Picnic to Fight Poverty
May 16, 2012 The Community Social Planning Council Greater Victoria releases the 2012 Living Wage calculation for the Capital Region
April 26, 2012 Affordabiltiy Crunch: Growing Prosperity is a tough challenge in the Capital Region
March 5, 2012 Creating solutions to youth unemployment
March 1, 2012

Meet Victoria’s Newest Entrepreneurs at LAUNCH!75 Looking back | Launching forward

February 16, 2012 Proclamation:
City of Victoria proclaims week of March 5, 2012 "Social Planning Week"
January 19, 2012 Sarah Amyot joins the staff at Community Social Planning Council


September 19, 2011

Community Investment and YOU Panel Discussion at the 2011 AGM of the Community Social Planning Council on Wednesday September 21

August 22, 2011

Public statement by Rupert Downing, Executive Director of the
Community Social Planning Council on the passing of Jack Layton

June 7, 2011 Marika Albert joins the Research Team at Community Social Planning Council
April 27, 2011 Multi-Sector Poverty Reduction Event Announcement
April 11, 2011 The Affordability Index – more than just the Living Wage


Living wage rises again in 2015; federal policies leave families struggling to cover basics