2010 Vital Signs Report - The Calgary Foundation by fdh56iuoui


									The Calgary Foundation presents
Calgary’s VitalSigns
2010 Citizens Report Card

                  Taking The pulse of Calgary
The Calgary foundation
conducts an annual                                                                         Welcome to
check-up that measures
the vitality of our                                                                          Calgary’s
                                                                                            Vital Signs
community, sparks
discussion, encourages
connections and inspires
action in 12 interconnected
areas critical to our                                                                             2010 What have We Learned?

quality of life.                                                                                       overall trend…
                                                                                                       Despite navigating rough economic waters
                                                                                                       over the last two years, citizen perception
                                                                                                       is relatively upbeat. Graders gave their own
                                                                                                       quality of life a “B” and, over three years of
Being human is itself difficult, and therefore all kinds of settlements have                           reporting, have steadily increased the average
problems. Big cities have difficulties in abundance, because they have                                 grade given to Calgary quality of life issues.
people in abundance. But vital cities are not helpless to combat even the                              While a “B” has been the highest mark to
most difficult problems. vital cities have marvelous innate abilities for                              date, the grades have either remained stable
understanding, communicating, contriving, and inventing what is required                               or increased — except for the environment
to combat their difficulties. — Jane Jacobs, urban writer and activist                                 grade has moved up and down since 2008.

                                                                                                       the Good, the Bad and the persistent…
                                                                                                       Among the surprises in this year’s findings
                                                                                                       are both good and bad news stories and
                                                                                                       there are also those issues that remain a
vi·tal (adj.) Concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life.                                  persistent concern.

The Calgary Foundation                                                                                 Good                                  Bad                              persistent
believes that vital cities are     Galileo said something akin to measure what
resilient cities. But how do       is measurable, make measurable what is not.                         • High rate of small business         • Cost of food climbs            • High poverty rates
we know if we are making                                                                                 & self-employment                   • High youth unemployment        • Many earn less than
progress? Tracking the current                                                                         • C-Train extensions                  • Loss of rental units             living wage
and long-term vitality of our      This is the fourth edition of       We learned that 94% are         • Safer & cleaner city centre                                          • Immigrants
city is the purpose of Calgary’s   this still evolving work to track   happy and 78% are connected     • Homeless shelter use declines                                          underemployed
Vital Signs, The Calgary           vitality and each year we try       to their communities, key       • Calgary top eco-city                                                 • High greenhouse
Foundation’s annual checkup        to improve — particularly with      ingredients for a vital life.   • Arts events &                                                          gas emissions
that reports on both the facts     regard to making measurable         These and other survey            attendance thriving
and citizen perceptions on         what is yet not, including          results are covered
how we are doing.                  many of the most important          throughout the report.
                                   dimensions of quality of life                                       What to do With the report
A vital city has many moving       and vitality.                                                                                                          Learn more
parts, consequently the                                                                                take action                                        Go to thecalgaryfoundation.org for more
annual report monitors             Accordingly, in this year’s         eva friesen                     If you feel strongly about an issue use the        information on the 2010 report and the
key issue areas influencing        survey we asked graders to          President & CEO                 report as a starting point for getting involved.   Vital Signs initiative.
Calgary’s quality of life. This    tell us about some of these
year, a section on Food is         dimensions of their lives.                                          pass it on                                         Contact us
included, reflecting a growing                                                                         A community only succeeds through                  We know the issues and the community… if
trend of food themed                                                   alison T. love                  collective action…encourage your colleagues,       you want to participate we can connect you.
discussion and activity.                                               Board Chair                     neighbours, and family to read the report.         thecalgaryfoundation.org.
here’s a summary of                                        Belonging & Leadership

                                                           What’s Working?
                                                                                        B–   health & Wellness

                                                                                             What’s Working?
                                                                                                                   B–          Sustainable City

                                                                                                                               What’s Working?

how we did in 2010.                                        Many volunteers, strong
                                                           charitable donations and a
                                                                                             Excellent pathway systems,
                                                                                             many recreational programs
                                                                                                                               Increased number of green
                                                                                                                               and LEED buildings, West

Calgarians commented
                                                           good sense of community.          and access to excellent           C-train expansion and
                                                                                             fitness facilities.               improved recycling program.
                                                           What’s not?

on each key area of
                                                           Voter turnout rates, citizen      What’s not?                       What’s not?
                                                           engagement and lack of            Lack of family physicians,        Urban sprawl, inefficient
                                                           citizen knowledge of local        long emergency wait times         transit system and lack of

focus as to what’s                                         political issues.                 and limited bike lanes.           green buildings and housing.

working and what’s not.                                    immigrant newcomers       B–      Work    B                         Learning    B

                                                           What’s Working?                   What’s Working?                   What’s Working?
                                                           Specialized agencies/             Good availability of jobs, a      Many accessible post-
                                                           programs to assist                strong economy and stable         secondary options, plenty
                                                           newcomers including ESL           oil and gas industry.             of lectures/classes at public
                                                           educational programs.                                               libraries and adult education
                                                                                             What’s not?                       opportunities.
                                                           What’s not?                       To diversify local economy,
                                                           Recognition of foreign            eliminate our dependence          What’s not?
                                                           credentials of immigrants,        on oil and gas industry and       Class sizes that are too
                                                           lack of acceptance of             increase minimum wage/            big, high tuition at post-
                                                           cultural diversity.               working wage.                     secondary institutions and
                                                                                                                               not enough support for
                                                                                                                               special needs children.

                                                           Financial Well-being   C+         arts & Culture    B               housing     C

                                                           What’s Working?                   What’s Working?                   What’s Working?
                                                           High average income, an           Variety of festivals/events,      Increased efforts in providing
                                                           effective 10 year plan to end     excellent theatre/ballet          more affordable housing,
                                                           homelessness and plentiful        and a wide range of               good support for the
                                                           charitable organizations.         multicultural offerings.          homeless and increased
                                                                                                                               rental vacancies.
                                                           What’s not?                       What’s not?
                                                           Lack of affordable housing,       Increase funding for arts         What’s not?
                                                           increased gap between             to make events more               Creation of more affordable
                                                           rich and poor and high            affordable and increase           housing options, need
                                                           cost of living.                   performance venues.               cheaper rental properties and
                                                                                                                               less urban sprawl.

Key issue area               2008   2009   2010   trend

                                                           Safety   B                        environment      B–               Food   B–
Environment                   C-     B      B-
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Sustainable City              C      C      C+
                                                           What’s Working?                   What’s Working?                   What’s Working?
Food                          —      —      B-      —
                                                           Acceptable emergency/police       Blue bins/curb side recycling     Availability of healthy options
Health & Wellness             C      C+     B-

                                                           response times, a noticeable      program, good pathways,           for fresh or organic food
Work                          B      B      B       —
                                                           increased police presence         parks, and green spaces and       ie. Farmers Markets/specialty
Financial Well-being          C      C      C+
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                                                   — — —

                                                           and a safe feeling in our         a great water treatment plant     stores/supermarkets/
Belonging & Leadership        C      B-     B-
                                                           communities.                      providing clean water.            community gardens.
Immigrant Newcomers           C+     B-     B-
(Formerly Getting Started)
                                                           What’s not?                       What’s not?                       What’s not?
Arts & Culture                C      B      B

                                                           Not enough lighting               Provide more recycling            Healthy food options aren’t
Learning                      B      B      B       —
                                                           downtown and too many             options at condos/                affordable. Need more
Safety                        C-     B-     B
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                                                   — —

                                                           homeless that leads to safety     apartments/commercial             community gardens and
Housing                       D      C      C
                                                           issues, unsafe roadways due       buildings, reduce water           healthy food choices for kids,
                                                           to aggression/congestion and      consumption and decrease          especially at schools.
average                       C      C+     B-

                                                           not enough security on            vehicle pollution by increasing
                                                           public transit.                   commuter rate.
here’s how we did it. We call it
Community engagement.
Calgary’s Vital signs 2010 extends
thanks to the 1400+ citizens and
community partners who added their
voice and expertise to this year’s
snapshot of our city’s quality of life.
Citizen opinion Survey

this year, 1171 citizens completed the online survey assigning grades and providing their
views on “What’s Working” and “What’s not” for each of the 12 issue areas. this year graders
were also asked questions on overall quality of life, happiness and community connections.

the enthusiasm and insights of the graders generated over 22,000 citizen comments.                                            GradinG index
(see thecalgaryfoundation.org)
                                                                                                                     excellent: stay the course    a

                                                                                                  good: but some improvements could be made        B

                                                                                                      average performance: suggest additional
Grader proFiLe                                   Survey anaLySiS
                                                                                                        effort be made to address these issues

                                                                                                                  Below average performance:
77% lived in Calgary for more than ten years     The online survey, conducted by The                                                               d
                                                                                                                   additional work is required
17% are foreign born                             Praxis Group, is based on a ‘self-selected’
65% are female                                   respondent population. Data is accurate + or
27% are between 19 and 34                        – 3% 19 times out of 20. Most market research
                                                                                                            failure: immediate action is crucial   F
44% are between 35 and 54                        involves much smaller samples of around 400
27% are 55 and over                              and a margin of error + or – 5% 19 times out                                         (Graders could also choose to give their
86% volunteered in the last year                 of 20. In 2009, Vital Signs did a comparison                                         grade a plus or minus.)
    (top volunteer areas: specific event or      between a random sample telephone survey
    fundraiser; local community; school; arts;   of Calgarians and the online survey which
    sports or recreation)                        revealed negligible differences between the
76% are university educated                      responses of the two groups.
73% live in NW or SW Calgary

…and the workplace diversity was extensive       indiCator reSearCh
                                                                                                            Calgary has seen the best of times
37% work in business and included                Over 35 local subject matter experts
    corporations such as Brookfield              representing a wide range of Calgary                       (2000-2007) and the worst of times
    Properties and RBC Dominion Securities       organizations were consulted to assist in                  (2008, 2009). over the past decades
32% work for government, predominantly           identifying current trends and research to
                                                                                                            we have seen nation leading growth and
    the City of Calgary and the Province         ensure that the indicators used for Calgary’s
    of Alberta                                   Vital Signs are relevant, accurate and                     economic performance, and have now seen
16% work in the broad voluntary sector           comprehensive. Community Foundations of                    nation leading contraction. almost two
                                                 Canada, who retain The Centre for the Study
• Kerby Centre retirees were engaged             of Living Standards to undertake national
                                                                                                            completely different cities. Truly the best
• Students from schools and institutions         research, provided additional indicator data.              and worst of times, for the same city.
  U of C, Bow Valley College, and Crescent       The sources for all indicators can be found at
  Heights High School participated               thecalgaryfoundation.org
                                                                                                            Calgary economic development State of the economy. June 2010.
• Clients and staff from the Mustard Seed and
  Fresh Start Recovery Centre took part
                                    environment                                                                                                                            B-
Calgary is World’s                  highest Greenhouse Gas            new parkland acquired,
top eco-City                        emissions in Canada               new parks Constructed
The Mercer 2010 Quality of          At 17.7 tonnes of carbon          Since 2003, Calgary has
Living Survey ranked Calgary        dioxide per capita, Calgary       gained 251 hectares of new
28th of 221 cities for quality      ranked among the worst            parkland. In 2010, five major
of living. The report also          emitters, placing 5th in a        regional parks are under
identified cities with the best     2010 United Nations’ study        construction: Memorial
eco-ranking based on water          of 50 global cities. This is      Drive Landscape of Memory,
availability and drinkability,      partly attributable to the fact   Central Memorial Park, Ralph
waste removal, quality of           that most Alberta electricity     Klein Regional Park, Nose Hill
sewage systems, air pollution       is generated from fossil          Park pathways and Devonian
and traffic congestion.             fuels. Only Washington D.C.,      Gardens. In 2003, the Enmax
Calgary scored the top mark         Minneapolis, Denver and           Legacy Parks Program was
in this category, followed by       Rotterdam produced more           created. It has been the most
Honolulu, with Ottawa and           greenhouse gases. Vancouver       significant funding source for
Helsinki, jointly, ranking third.   produced 4.9 tonnes               capital parks work in the City
                                    per capita.                       of Calgary Park’s history.       Calgary’s urban Forest Continues to expand                        WHAT YOU CAN DO
                                                                                                       In 2009, Calgary had around 272,000 street trees, up from         discover environmentally
                                                                                                       about 25,000 in 1959. Calgary Parks’ activity to keep Calgary’s   friendly businesses,
                                                                                                       urban forest healthy and safe in 2009 included: 16,700 trees      resources and events.
                  DOING OUR PART                                                                       pruned; 4,450 trees planted; 1,600 trees removed; 629 trees       reapcalgary.com
               alberta Council for environmental education                                             planted in 13 communities through the NeighbourWoods
                                                                                                       volunteer program and new fruit trees as a part of a              the water in Calgary is great,
               received support to educate citizens in being                                           community orchard pilot project.                                  why are people still drinking
               responsible stewards of the environment.                                                                                                                  from plastic bottles?

                                                                                                                                                                                    — Citizen Comment

                                                                                                       C-train extended                                 downtown parking rates among highest
                                                                                                       In 2009, the total length of Calgary’s LRT       Despite downtown office rents declining
                                                                                                       system grew to 46 kilometres (km) with           sharply in the past two years, parking rates

    C+                                                                                                 the addition of the 3.6 km Northwest LRT
                                                                                                       extension to Crowfoot Station. Construction
                                                                                                                                                        have remained among the most expensive
                                                                                                                                                        in North America. Average monthly rates

                                                                                                       began on the 8 km West LRT line from             for downtown stalls operated by the private
                                                                                                       downtown, as well as on the 2.9 km NE LRT        sector and associated with office buildings,
                                                                                                       extension to the Saddletowne Station. When       remained unchanged at $465.15 in the first
                                                                                                       complete, the LRT system will have doubled       quarter of 2010 from a year ago, up from

                                                                                                       in size since 2001.                              $283.34 in 2003.

                                                                                                       More hybrids to hail                             Green Buildings Going up
                                                     WHAT YOU CAN DO                                   In 2010, around 50 hybrid vehicles have been     According to the Canada Green Building
                                                     Get a healthy homes consultation.                 adopted as taxis by Calgary cab companies.       Council, by mid 2010 Calgary had 124 projects
                                                     greencalgary.org                                  Drivers report that they spend an average of     registered with the Leadership in Energy
                                                                                                       58% less on fuel compared to conventional        and Environmental Design (LEED) standard,
                                                                                                       taxis. This is a very small proportion of        up from 88 a year ago. Seventeen of these
                                                                                                       local taxis compared to Vancouver, where         projects are now certified, up from 12 last year.
                                                                                                       hybrid taxis account for 50% of all cabs.        There are now over 6,714 Built Green™ homes
Great to see new Leed
                                                                                                                                                        enrolled in the Calgary area, more than triple
buildings, a wind powered
                                                                                                                                                        the number in 2008.
Lrt, and recycling – FinaLLy,
but we still need to “small up”
our eco footprint.

            — Citizen Comment                                                                                 DOING OUR PART
                                                                                                           Federation of Calgary Communities received
                                                                                                           support to educate and engage community
                                                                                                           volunteers in the urban planning process.
CaLGary’S vitaL SiGnS

                                                                               Cost of nutritious               Community Gardens                WHAT YOU CAN DO
                                                                               Food Climbs                      Flourish; Community              Sign up to receive a low cost, monthly
                                                                               According to Alberta             orchards take root               box of fruits and vegetables.

                                                                               Agriculture’s Nutritious         The Community Garden             communitykitchenprogram.com
                                                                               Food Basket Price Report,        Resource Network reports
                                                                               in December 2009 the             that in summer 2010 there
                                                                               minimum cost of healthy          were 32 public community
                                                                               eating for a family of four in   gardens, up from 21 in           Growing Crop of Farmers’ Markets
                                                                               Calgary was $228 per week        2009. There were 45              In the summer of 2010, Calgarians had a new
                                                                               or $983 per month, up from       private community gardens        crop of farmers’ markets to choose from as
                                                                               $784 in June of 2008, and        identified, up from 25           the number of markets surged to 14, almost
                                                                               $710 in November 2007.           last year. There are six         doubling from 2009. Both Airdrie and Okotoks
                                                                               These reports are based on a     ornamental community             added markets of their own, increasing the
                                                                               selected basket of food items    gardens, up from three last      number of markets within an hour drive to 10.
                                                                               that reflect current Canadian    year. In 2009, City of Calgary
                                                                               nutrition recommendations        Parks began planting fruit       Budding interest in Local Food
                                                                               and food purchasing patterns     trees and shrubs at three        In a survey on local food conducted for
                                                                               of Albertans.                    community orchards.              The City of Calgary in May 2010, 33% of
                                                                                                                                                 respondents said they grow vegetables,
                                                                                                                                                 24% grow fruit and 33% grow herbs. Of
                                                                                                                                                 those who do not grow any food, 50% have
                                                                                                                                                 no space, 25% have no time and 13% are not
                                                                                                                                                 interested. 77% said it is very or somewhat
                              DOING OUR PART                                                                    We need more rooftop             important to purchase locally grown foods,

                           hillhurst Sunnyside Community association                                            gardens but yay to all the       while 40% said one quarter of their food
                                                                                                                community gardens and            purchases are locally grown.
                           received support to revitalize their weekly                                          farmers markets!
                           inner-city farmer’s market.                                                                    — Citizen Comment

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physicians per Capita improving
In 2008, there were 235 active physicians
                                                Mental health Stable           Family Friendly City
                                                                                                                      DOING OUR PART
                                                In 2009, 75.4% of those aged   Calgary earned an “A” in a
(family practitioners and specialists) per      12 and over in the Calgary     2010 national report card by        Wellspring received support for programs
100,000 population in the Calgary Health        Health Region rated their      the Institute of Marriage and       that heal the body, mind and spirit of those
Region, above the provincial rate of 203 and    mental health status as        Family Canada. Canada’s
national rate of 196. The rate is up 25% from   excellent or very good — no    33 largest cities were graded       struggling with cancer.
188 in the year 2000.                           change from 2008 but a         according to five criteria —
                                                slight decline from 2007       community feel, education
Calgarians physically active                    (80.4%). The 2009 national     choice, economic strength,
In 2009, 62.4% of people aged 12 and over       average was 73.9%.             cost of living, and family
                                                                                                                                Lots of pathways for biking or walking,
in the Calgary Health Region reported                                          independence. Vancouver,
                                                                                                                                cheap public programs available, and
being moderately active or physically active                                   Edmonton, Kitchener and
                                                                                                                                lots of accessible parks really add to
compared to 52.5% nationally, up from 56%                                      Guelph also scored “A” grades.
                                                                                                                                keeping me healthy.
in 2008. Calgary continues to be one of the
most physically active cities in Canada.                                                                                                                  — Citizen Comment
number of Self-employed hits record Levels                                                                    unemployment rate remains         youth unemployment
In 2009, there were 115,000 self-employed                                                                     high; ei Claims rise              rate high
Calgarians, up from 109,400 in 2008, and                                                                      Calgary’s average seasonally      The 2009 youth (15-24
83,900 in 2000. At 93.9 per 1,000 population,                                                                 adjusted unemployment             years) unemployment rate

Calgary had the second highest number                                                                         rate for the first half of 2010   in Calgary was 14%, up from

of self-employed people in Canada, after                                                                      was 7.4 % (53,800 were            6.9% in June 2008, below
Vancouver. Calgary can also claim the title                                                                   unemployed in June of 2010),      the national rate (15.3%) but
of the young entrepreneurial capital of                                                                       up from 7.0% in the second        above the provincial rate
Canada with 21.8% of its 15-34 age group                                                                      half of 2009. The 2010 rate       (12.3%). Males face a higher
self-employed… larger than any other major                                                                    is below the national rate of     rate than females. According
Canadian city.                                                                                                8.2% but above the provincial     to the International Labour
                                                                                                              rate of 7.0 %. Employment         Organization, world youth
highest rate of Small Businesses                                                                              Insurance claims rose 63%         unemployment is set to hit
In 2009, small businesses (businesses with                                                                    from February 2009 to             a postwar high in 2010, with
less than 50 employees) accounted for                                                                         February 2010.                    just over 13% of the global
94.9% of all Calgary businesses. At a rate                                                                                                      workforce aged 15 to 24
of 40.2 per 1,000 population, Calgary had                                                                                                       jobless by the end of the year.
the highest number of small businesses per
capita among major Canadian cities, and was
second in Canada in small business growth
from 2005-2009.

                                                                                                   DOING OUR PART
hire youth or access career
                                                                                                Making Changes received support for programs
advice from the Calgary youth                    Kudos to all the companies and                 that help unemployed women in need re-enter
employment Centre.                               organizations supporting telework              the workforce and become self sufficient.
yec.nextsteps.ca                                 and flexible work hours.

                                                                    — Citizen Comment

Calgary property tax and         household income rising

utility Charges relatively Low   In 2008, the median after-tax
Calgary’s combined cost of       income for economic families
total property tax (municipal    in the Calgary area was $81,700,
and school taxes) and utility    28% higher than the national

charges for an average single    level of $63,900, and up from
detached house was $3,571 in     $81,100 in 2007. (An economic
2009. Calgary’s cost was 5th     family refers to a group of two
lowest among 21 Canadian         or more people who live in
cities surveyed. Surrey, B.C.    the same dwelling and are
had the lowest cost at $3,204,   related to each other by blood,
while Edmonton’s at $4,217       marriage, common-law
was among the highest.           or adoption.)

poverty rate declines
In 2008, the poverty rate in
                                 a twelfth of employed
                                 Calgarians not Making
the Calgary area, based on       Living Wage
Low Income Cut-offs (LICO)       According to Vibrant
before tax, was 8.9%, down       Communities Calgary, a
from 9.5% in 2007 and lower      Calgarian working full time
than the national average of     needs to make a minimum
13.6%. Calgary’s child poverty   of $12.25/hr plus benefits (or
rate was 9.7%, also lower than   $13.50 in lieu of benefits) to             DOING OUR PART                                    WHAT YOU CAN DO
the national average of 14.2%.   earn a Living Wage. Being paid         the united Way received                               Become a living wage leader.
The elderly (age 65 and          less than a Living Wage means                                                                vibrantcalgary.com
over) poverty rate was 11.5%,    earning less than $22,229              support for Moving out of
down from 12.6% a year prior,    annually. As of April 1, 2009,         poverty initiatives that help                         how about more flexibility
and lower than the national      minimum wage in Alberta is
                                                                        people obtain job skills, financial                   with rental suites? it’s been
average of 13.1%.                $8.80/hr or $16,016 annually.                                                                red taped to death.
                                 In 2008, 15% of employed               literacy and affordable housing.
                                 Calgarians (over age 15), earned                                                                        — Citizen Comment
                                 less than the Living Wage.
CaLGary’S vitaL SiGnS

Sense of Community

                                                  belonging &
Belonging trends upward
In 2009, 63.1% of the
population, 12 years and
over in the Calgary Health

Region, reported a strong
or somewhat strong sense
of community belonging, up
18% from 2008. The 2009
rate is lower than the national
(65.4%) and provincial
(65.2%) levels.
Charitable donations rise         happy Calgarians                   Strong Community and
With a median charitable          In the 2010 Calgary’s Vital        neighbourhood Connections
donation of $360 in 2008,         Signs survey, when asked           In the 2010 Calgary’s
donations in Calgary were up      “How would you describe            Vital Signs survey, 78%
$40 from $320 in 2006. The        how happy you are?” 94%            of respondents reported                                                             DOING OUR PART
Calgary level was significantly   reported being “very”              being “very” or “somewhat”
                                                                                                                                                      Festivals including
higher than the 2008              or “somewhat” happy.               connected to their
national median charitable        Similar results were found         community. When asked           WHAT YOU CAN DO                                  Slammenberry Jam urban
donation of $250. In Canada,      in 2009 when 94% of the            “How many people in your        Get candidate info and                           dance, South Calgary
                                                                                                     vote in the civic election.
religious organizations were
the biggest beneficiaries,
                                  population 12 years and            neighbourhood do you know
                                                                                                                                                      Multicultural and afrikadey
                                  over in the Calgary Health         well enough to ask a favour?”
followed by health and social     Region responded they were         63% of respondents reported                                                      received support to
services organizations.           “satisfied” or “very satisfied”    “very many” or “some”.          having a lot of people up for                    promote a vibrant sense
                                  with their overall life, up from                                   election is a good thing.
                                  91.5% in 2008.
                                                                                                                                                      of community.
                                                                                                               — Citizen Comment

                                                                                                                      Calgary top draw                 Calgary not doing enough

                                                                                                                      for newcomers                    to Welcome new Canadians
                                                                                                                      In a 2010 Conference Board of    According to the 2010 Vital Signs survey,
                                                                                                                      Canada report benchmarking       when asked “Do you feel Calgarians do

                                                                                                                      the attractiveness of 50         enough to be welcoming to new Canadians?”
                                                                                                                      Canadian cities, Calgary         — 53% of respondents said that Calgarians
                                                                                                                      was ranked number one in         are not doing enough.
                                                                                                                      having what migrants are
                                                                                                                      looking for. Rankings are        educated immigrants underemployed

                                                                                                                      based on performance in          A Statistics Canada report on Canada’s
                                                                                                                      seven categories (society,       2008 immigrant labour market found that
                                                                                                                      health, economy, environment,    two-thirds of university-educated recent
discover the needs/
                                                                                                                      education, innovation and        immigrants to Canada are underemployed—
contributions of culturally
                                                                                                                      housing). Calgary earned         a situation also reflected in Calgary. The
diverse Calgarians.
                                                                                                                      top marks in economy and         report also found that immigrant wages were
                                                                                                                      innovation, but earned a “D”     lower and involuntary part-time work and
                                                                                                                      in the society category due      temporary employment were more common
Calgary public Library has
                                                                                                                      to the low earning power of      than among Canadian-born workers.
great programs for new
                                                                                                                      university-educated, foreign
Canadians… Bow valley
                                                                                                                      born people.                     immigration to Calgary hits a record high
College and others have
                                                                                                                                                       In 2008, 12,689 new immigrants landed in
fantastic programs for
                                                                                                                                                       Calgary, accounting for 5.1% of Canada’s
eSL students.
                                                                                                                                                       immigrants, up from 4.2% in 2003. Most
            — Citizen Comment                               DOING OUR PART                                                                             immigrants to Calgary are fluent in English,
                                                                                                                                                       compared to five years ago when over half
                                                         The event – Lunch, Learn and Celebrate with                                                   had no official language ability. In 2008, the
                                                         the ismaili Community received support to help                                                Philippines became Calgary’s largest immigrant

                                                         multicultural seniors share their culture with the                                            source country, surpassing India and China,
                                                                                                                                                       historically, the dominant source countries.
                                                         wider community.
arts &
                                                                                       DOING OUR PART
                                                                                    Blue Collar dance, Ghost river theatre and
                                                                                    WordFest received support to ensure their long term

                                                                                    sustainability in times of transition.

                                                                                               arts public attendance           arts organizations depend         albertans highest Spenders
                                                                                               thriving                         on volunteers                     on Live performing arts

                         B                                                                     In 2009, Calgary’s 166
                                                                                               nonprofit arts organizations
                                                                                                                                In 2009, 20,178 volunteers
                                                                                                                                contributed 602,058 hours
                                                                                                                                                                  and Museums
                                                                                                                                                                  Alberta had the highest
                                                                                               offered 7,336 arts events/       to support Calgary’s arts         level of average household
                                                                                               public activities that           organizations. With 1,612         spending for live performing
                                                                                               attracted a total attendance     volunteers, the Calgary Folk      arts and museums. With
WHAT YOU CAN DO                                                                                of 2.7 million people. One       Music Festival benefited from     over 481,900 households
Support local artists/                                                                         of the largest attractions       the most volunteers. On the       in Calgary, total spending
musicians.                                                                                     was Theatre Calgary with         other hand, there are only        on live performing arts and
marketcollective.ca                                                                            a total annual audience          727 staff employed full time      admissions to museums and
                                                                                               of over 114,000. Festivals       (FTE) across all organizations    similar activities in 2008 was
Festivals are increasing                                                                       drew 20% of the overall          and almost half have less than    estimated at $83.6 million.
and improving, arts groups                     Festivals Flourishing                           attendance, community            one FTE or no staff at all.
are collaborating and new                      According to Wikipedia (June 2010), there       arts groups accounted for
initiatives are focused on                     are at least 53 annual festivals and cultural   27%, professional groups
younger patrons. Bravo!                        events in Calgary, with new ones added to the   with budgets under $1
                                               roster each year. Ranging from GlobalFest to    million captured 28%, and
          — Citizen Comment
                                               WordFest to FunnyFest, events are held across   organizations with budgets
                                               the city and year round.                        over $1 million attracted 25%.

                                                                                                        DOING OUR PART
                                                                                                    Calgary reads received support for an early literacy
Library Borrowing rises        post Secondary                  positive trend in high               initiative that assists parents in being their child’s
another Million                Completions high                School Completions                   first, best teacher.
The Calgary Public Library     In 2009, 57% of Calgarians      In 2009, 14.5% of Calgarians
(CPL) saw continued            (15 years and over)             (aged 15 and over) had not
dramatic increases in use      completed post-secondary        completed high school, a
during 2009. Customers         education (university degree,   slight improvement from
borrowed 16 million books,     post-secondary certificate      14.7% in 2007. This figure
CDs, and DVDs, up by almost    or diploma), more than the      has been improving steadily
one million from 2008 and      national average of 51%. Only   since 1990 (23.8%), with only
over two million since 2007.   Ottawa-Gatineau, among          Victoria (13%) and Ottawa
CPL usage is the second        Vital Signs communities, had    (9.5%), among Vital Signs
largest in Canada behind       a higher level (63%).           communities, posting lower
Toronto. Over 1,500 items                                      rates in 2009.
were added to the collection
daily, resulting in 575,000    WHAT YOU CAN DO                 CBe Students excel on provincial exams                                           Lifelong learning opportunities
new books, magazines, DVDs     volunteer to teach              Each year, Grade 3, 6 and 9 students write Provincial Achievement Tests and      are everywhere whether it’s
and more in 2009.              children to read.               Grade 12 students write Diploma Exams. The Calgary Board of Education            Lunch and Learn at the Glenbow,
                               calgaryreads.com                reports that 2008/09 results were well above provincial standards and have       speakers at aCad or programs at
                                                               improved over previous CBE results. As well, special education students and      the Bird Sanctuary.
                                                               English Language Learners also exceeded the provincial average.
                                                                                                                                                                 — Citizen Comment
CaLGary’S vitaL SiGnS

property Crime rate Falls        More agree that Calgary            Gang-related
At 4,304 per 100,000             is a Safe City                     activity decreases

population in 2009, the          According to the Calgary           Of the 24 homicides
property crime rate in Calgary   Police Commission Citizen          committed in Calgary in 2009,
declined almost 10% from         Survey, there was a                7 were gang-related, down
2008 and is down 22% from        significant increase in 2009       from 15 in 2008. There were
2005. Part of this decline is    in the number of citizens who      also 10 non-fatal gang-related
attributable to Calgary Police   agree that Calgary is a safe       shooting incidents, down
Service’s efforts which led to   city in which to live, rising to   sharply from 21 in 2008.
a 29% reduction in auto thefts
in 2009.
                                 86% from 79% in 2008.
                                                                    WHAT YOU CAN DO
                                                                    discover tips to make your
Firefighter response time        Centre City Safer and              home/community safe
Lags target                      Crime declines                     safercalgary.com
The Calgary Fire Department      According to a 2009 City of
reports that in 2009 the         Calgary survey, a majority         the visible increase in
first engine on scene arrived    of Calgarians say the city’s       police presence makes me
within seven minutes 59% of      core is safer and cleaner          feel safe, even when i’m
the time, behind its target      than a year prior. Also in         alone downtown.
of 66%. New community            2009, Centre City person
growth, traffic, construction    crimes, property crimes and                  — Citizen Comment
and weather were cited as        disorder incidents all reached
factors compromising their       a five-year low. Some of this
ability to meet the target.      success is likely due to “Clean
                                 to the Core”, a collaborative
                                 effort which includes more                                 DOING OUR PART
                                 police officers patrolling on
                                 foot, and more bylaw and                                youthLink Calgary police interpretive Centre received support
                                 transit officers.                                       for a safe City 2.0 exhibit that teaches youth about online safety.

                                                                                                           downward trend in homeless Shelter use           improved rents & vacancies
                                                                                                           In 2009 the number of people staying in          By April 2010, the Calgary
                                                                                                           Alberta Housing and Urban Affairs funded         apartment vacancy rate

                                                                                                           emergency shelters in Calgary began to           increased by one percentage
                                                                                                           decline — 190 fewer people used a shelter        point to 5.3% from April
                                                                                                           in March 2010 compared to March of 2009.         2009, despite the fact that
                                                                                                           There are 2,429 spots in Calgary shelters and    Calgary lost 886 rental units
                                                                                                           the Calgary Homeless Foundation estimates        due to condo conversions
                                                                    WHAT YOU CAN DO                        that 15,000 to 17,000 people used a Calgary      since 2009. The enhanced
                                                                    volunteer with the Calgary             shelter for at least one night in 2009.          vacancy rate saw rents drop
                                                                    homeless Foundation                                                                     slightly — the average rent

 C                                                                  calgaryhomeless.com                                                                     for a two-bedroom unit was
                                                                                                                                                            $1,082, a decline of $24 from
                                                                    Create more cooperative                                                                 April 2009.
                                                                    housing complexes… they’re
                                                                    affordable and sustainable.                            targets for new affordable housing units Surpassed
                                                                                                                           In its second year of implementation (2009/10), Calgary’s
                                                                              — Citizen Comment
                                                                                                                           10 Year Plan to End Homelessness had a goal to develop 1,025
                                                                                                                           affordable housing units, supportive housing units and/or
                                                                                                                           treatment beds. The goal was surpassed with 2,165 affordable
                                                                                                                           housing units funded through dozens of community partners –
                                                                                                                           resulting in more affordable housing created in the plan’s first
                                                                       DOING OUR PART                                      two years than in the previous decade.

                                                                    the Calgary homeless                                   Calgary house prices More affordable
                                                                    Foundation received support                            According to RBC Economics, with a Housing Affordability
                                                                                                                           Index of 38% Calgary offered more affordable housing (for
                                                                    for their 10 year plan to end                          a standard two-storey house in Q1 of 2010) than Vancouver
                                                                    homelessness that helps                                (81%), Toronto (58%), Ottawa (41%) and the national average
                                                                    people move to self-sufficiency                        (47%). The RBC Housing Affordability Index measures a
                                                                                                                           house price in relation to the total payments required for a
                                                                    and independence.                                      mortgage, utilities and property tax.
who helped
us do it.                                                                                                                                       15 city and regional
                                                                                                                                                community foundations
                                                                                                                                                produced vital Signs
                                                                                                                                                reports in 2010
                                                                                                              Vital Signs is an annual          Greater Montreal
                                                                                                              community check-up
     What becomes clear with each Vital signs report is                                                       conducted by community
                                                                                                                                                Greater Saint John
     how interconnections are vital to The Calgary foundation.                                                foundations across Canada         Kingston and Area
                                                                                                              that measures the vitality of     London
     no one person, organization or level of government alone                                                 our communities, identifies       Medicine Hat and
     can address the challenges facing Calgary. We thank the                                                  significant trends, and assigns     Southeastern Alberta
                                                                                                              grades in a range of areas
     remarkable organizations and individuals that are the threads                                                                              Nova Scotia: Lunenburg County
                                                                                                              critical to quality of life.      Ottawa
     that connect all aspects of life in our city.                                                            Vital Signs is coordinated        Red Deer and District
                                                                                                              nationally by Community           Sudbury
                                                            — alison t. Love, Chair, The Calgary foundation   Foundations of Canada.            Toronto
                                                                                                                                                Waterloo Region (Kitchener
tCF Board oF direCtorS                                                                                                                            Waterloo, Cambridge &
                                                                                                                                                  North Dumfries)
alison T. love, chair
gerald M. Deyell, QC, vice chair
ali a. Bhojani
ian Bourne
sunny Delaney-Clark
W.r. (Bill) Dickson, phD                                           Mercer 2010 Quality of
                                   reSearCh Support                                                           vitaL SiGnS
Dale ens                                                            Living Survey                             proJeCt teaM
Beverley foy, Ca                                                   Statistics Canada
                                   Alberta Agriculture
robert (Bob) gibson                                                Vibrant Communities Calgary
                                   Alberta Health Services                                                    Kerry Longpré                     Calgary’s 2010 vital Signs
Walter hossli                                                      Wikipedia
                                   Built Green Society of Canada                                              Project Leader, Vice President,   report is generously
ross kobayashi
                                   Calgary Arts Development                                                   Communications,                   supported by the
Din ladak                                                          City of Calgary
                                   Calgary Board of Education                                                 The Calgary Foundation            Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman
ken little                                                         Calgary Fire Department
                                   Calgary Economic                                                                                             Flow Through Fund at
ross B. Mcnichol, Ca,                                              Calgary Police Services
                                    Development                                                               Janice Francey                    The Calgary Foundation
  past chair                                                       Calgary Transit
                                   Canada Green Building Council                                              Communications Specialist,
Donald Thurston                                                    Centre City Implementation
                                   Calgary Herald                                                             The Calgary Foundation
anne s. Tingle                                                     Community &
                                   Calgary Homeless Foundation
amal umar                                                            Neighbourhood Services
                                   Calgary Public Library                                                     Monica pohlmann
                                   Canada Mortgage and             Environmental & Safety                     Community Engagement &
                                    Housing Corporation              Management                               Research Leader
                                   Community Garden                Land Use Planning & Policy
                                   Resource Network, Calgary       Office of Sustainability                   Survey
                                   Horticultural Society           Parks                                      The Praxis Group
                                   Conference Board of Canada      Recreation
                                   Ethno-Cultural Council          Transportation Planning                    Creative partner
                                    of Calgary                                                                Foundry Creative
Thanks for joining the
discussion. every opinion
counts… but it’s another
thing to take that next step.

WHAT YOU CAN DO                 WHAT WE DO                         IN 2009 – 2010
                                                                   THE CALGARY FOUNDATION
Start new conversations         The Calgary Foundation
that spark discussion,          is listening to Calgarians.        • Received $30 million
encourage connections and       By creating meeting places           in new gifts
inspire action.                 and developing partnerships,       • Increased the asset base
                                we bring people together…            to $335 million
attend vital Conversations,     to take the pulse of Calgary.      • Granted $29 million to
a series of dynamic                                                  605 charitable organizations
community forums, hosted        The Calgary Foundation,            • Established 59 new funds
by The Calgary Foundation       established in 1955, facilitates
and Calgary Public Library,     collaborative philanthropy
that invite Calgarians to       by making powerful
voice their opinions on         connections between
issues presented in Calgary’s   donors and community
Vital Signs Report. Go to       organizations for the long
thecalgaryfoundation.org        term benefit of Calgary
for details.                    and surrounding area.

                                                                                                    THE CALGARY FOUNDATION

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                                                                                                       Calgary, alberta T2r 1J5
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