Waterloo Region's Vital Signs is an annual checkup through which The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation measures the vitality of our Region, identifies significant trends, and invite community supporters to assign grades in the following 11 key areas critical to Waterloo Region's quality of life: The Gap Between the Rich and Poor, Safety, Health and Wellness, Learning, Housing, Getting Started in Our Community, Arts and Culture, The Environment, Work, Belonging and Leadership, as well as Getting Around. There is also an economic context provided within the report.
The report card data is a compilation of many trusted research sources, much of them local. The report assists the community in making connections between issues and trends in different areas. It encourages dialogue, encourages connections and inspires action. The findings are presented in a reader-friendly format to make them as accessible as possible.
In this year's report we build off the four priority areas set in the most recent report (2013).
These are: Belonging and Leadership, Arts and Culture, Getting Started, Health and Wellness with a special focus on Getting Around.
Waterloo Region's Vital Signs also has national implications. It is part of a national initiative led by community foundations across Canada and its findings are part of a national Vital Signs report issued annually by Community Foundations of Canada.