October 3, 2013
The Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013
The Burlington Community Foundation is an important community partner. Although not part of or funded by the City, BCF works with all of us—the city and many organizations—to build community vitality.
This week, BCF released the second edition of Burlington’s Vital Signs – an annual check-up that evaluates Burlington as a place to live, work, and play by identifying trends that are critical to our quality of life. The Vital Signs report offers information that all of us should consider and provides some startling statistics as well as some that we can truly celebrate.
The strong research base for the report gives us all confidence in the statistics, and BCF’s investment and care in providing this information for us is valued by Council and City staff.
I am pleased to share with you a guest blog by Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of The Burlington Community Foundation on the findings in Burlington’s Vital Signs 2013 and encourage you to visit the BCF website to see the report in its entirety.
Burlington Community Foundation’s Vital Signs, 2013
By Colleen Mulholland, President & CEO, Burlington Community Foundation
Burlington Vital Signs Highlights
We live in one of the best cities in Canada … but, as the 2nd edition of our Vital Signs report highlights, Burlington is a city of contrasts.
We are a prosperous community with our median household income levels 24% higher than the Ontario average; we have an extremely educated labour pool, amazing cultural opportunities, and remarkable environmental features like our escarpment and waterfront. Yet, there are people struggling in our community in ways that are often unseen, as we drive and walk through our neighbourhoods.