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Vital Signs

What is Vital Signs?

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and identify significant trends in a range of areas to support action toward improving our collective quality of life.

How is it used?

Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement and provide focus for public debate in our communities. Vital Signs reports and Vital Conversations are used by residents, businesses, community organizations, universities and colleges, and government leaders to take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

Here's a recent example of how our Colchester Communities Vital Signs report from 2017 was used by Dr. Ryan Sommers, Medical Officer of Health for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Northern Zone, and medical site lead at the Truro Hospital, who's involved in doctor recruitment:

"We’ve used the information in the Vital Signs report to help develop presentations for potential recruits. Recently, we hosted a visit from several MDs from the UK and they wanted to know more about the local communities. I shared the document with Brennan Gillis, CEO of the Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity, and he used it to make a presentation for these visiting MDs."

Nova Scotia’s Vital Signs

The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia has developed a total of 14 Vital Signs reports to date. View our past reports here.

If you are interested in developing a Vital Signs for your community, please complete and submit our expression of interest form to get the process started. Once we receive and review it, we’ll contact you to set up an initial briefing and info session.

Strait Region Vital Signs Report 2019


Strait Region Vital Signs Report 2019 Cover Image                                                                          Strait Region Vital Signs Report 2019 Presentation

Click here to watch a presentation on the findings of the 2019 report

The Strait Region Vital Signs® report was developed to foster community awareness, engage readers in strengthening supportive conversations, and inspire actions that ensure all children, youth, and families can access the vital resources they need to not only survive but thrive in our communities.

View the report here: Strait Region Vital Signs Report 2019

View the source document here: Strait Region Data Source Document 2019

Pictou County Vital Signs Report 2020


Pictou County Vital Signs Report 2020


The purpose of creating a Vital Signs® report for Pictou County was to collect and share data that might help focus community action based on identified needs.

The report is a snapshot and is but one of many possible stories about life in Pictou County. In some focus areas, there was plenty of data to choose from, while in others, reliable information was difficult to find. The report is not perfect.

Hopefully, the Pictou County Vital Signs® project will succeed as intended by sparking conversations that lead to planning, collaborations, and collective action for big impact in our community.

You can download the full report here: Pictou County Vital Signs Report 2020

View the source document here: Pictou County Data Source Document 2020

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