What is Vital Signs?

Vital Signs is a program of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen. It measures the well-being of our community on issue areas concerning our communities. We report on everything from health, the environment, income and everything in between.

How is it used?

Experience in other communities has shown that the Vital Signs report is an important discussion piece for the community and provides clarity around the current, potential, and perceived issues facing our citizens.  It is often used a tool for many different groups working for the betterment of our community.

Vital Signs uses the issue areas set out by Community Foundations of Canada. CFSOS will provide data on following issue areas: Our Community, Sustainable Cities & Communities, No Poverty/Zero Poverty, Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions, Quality Education / Gender, Decent Work & Economic Growth, Good Health & Well Being, Culture & Arts, and Housing. These issue areas are organized around the Sustainable Development Goals.

What communities will be included?

This Vital Signs report will focus on all communities in the Regional District of the South Okanagan boundaries from Summerland down to Osoyoos and throughout the Similkameen Valley to Princeton.

What is Vital Signs Purpose?

Vital Sign’s tagline is “Tracking Progress, Inspiring Action.” Vital Signs is a central source for tracking a curated set of indicators that matter most to our region’s well-being. These indicators pull together data from Statistics Canada into a single place. Using graphs, maps and other visualization techniques, Vital Signs provides a snapshot of our region’s well-being while identifying changes over time.


How Do I Access the Data?

Along the left side of the website you will see eight icons for the 10 theme areas in Vital Signs. When you click on an icon, it will provide you with a list of indicators. Clicking an indicator will take you to a page with multiple ways of learning about the indicator.

The first tab provides background information on that indicator, such as its source and why the indicator is important. The following tabs provide the data in the form of a graph, map or other visualization. Where the data is available, we show the data trends over time as well as a comparison of community areas with the most recent data. At the bottom of the page, you will find a link for the data, which you can download as a spreadsheet or map. 

The final tab tells you which SDG(s) the indicator relates to, making it clearer what we need to accomplish locally to reach our goals globally.

Where Does CFSOS Get Its Information and Data?

Data for Vital Signs is obtained from reliable and credible data providers. The parameters and limitations of each source are stated with the background information for each indicator. All data is collected by IISD and Community Foundations of Canada.