Community foundations in the Howe Sound/Sea-to-Sky region (Whistler, Squamish, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast, and West Vancouver/North Shore) have published a report that compares the latest information from Vital Signs reports, census data, and other sources for our various communities.
Comparing data among the five communities confirms that the Sunshine Coast is faring the worst of these communities and in the province in many of the indicators. See, for example, results for total household income, median household income, number of residents with incomes of more than $100,000 versus the level of median after tax income, youth vaping with nicotine and cannabis use, and seniors living alone. These statistics highlight the urgency for more services and resources to support vulnerable people and families on the Sunshine Coast.
The report also demonstrates the many similarities in challenges faced by our respective communities. We are all challenged by rapid growth, poor transportation options, aging populations, limited employment options, lack of affordable housing, and pressing challenges posed by climate change, including emergency preparedness. These topics are fodder for future work together to determine whether there are regional solutions to some of these issues or at least ways of learning from and supporting each other as we work to address them.
Please download the full report from the link below.