Social Development Strategy
In 2002, the Social Planning Advisory Committee started a collaborative process with key community partners to create a Social Development Strategy (PDF). They formed a Social Development Strategy Steering Committee with representation from a broad range of social and economic groups including public agencies, non-profit organizations, private businesses, local merchants and schools. A 12-month public consultation process followed.
Development of the Strategy had two phases. Phase 1 developed a statistical report, the Social Status Report, which tracks 50 quality of life indicators. It answers the question, "Where are we now from a social perspective?"
Phase 2 sought to answer three related questions:
- Where do we want to go?
- How do we get there?
- Who must be involved in order to successfully implement the Strategy?
The Strategy defines a social vision for Nanaimo, goals to achieve that vision and specific strategies to achieve those goals. The Strategy acknowledges and builds on the many positive initiatives happening in Nanaimo and outlines specific strategies to address the identified social issues in the following six major areas of focus:
- Education and Learning
- Employment and Income
- Community and Health Services
- Housing and Shelter
- Safety and Security
- Community Life
Together these strategies aim to achieve the vision of "creating a community which nurtures a caring, healthy, inclusive and safe environment, while empowering its citizens to realize their aspirations and hopes."
In February 2008, Council endorsed the Social Development Strategy and directed staff to incorporate it as part of the revised Official Community Plan. Council also adopted the Social Status Report, ensuring the social health of the community will be measured on a regular basis.
Social Development Strategy, September 2004 (PDF)
Social Status Report, May 2003 (PDF)
Social Status Report Update, January 2007 (PDF)