Northwestern Alberta's Vital Signs®

Northwestern Alberta's Vital Signs® provides an overview of quality of life in the City of Grande Prairie, the County of Grande Prairie, the MD of Greenview and local communities. This report serves as a tool to guide citizens to understand our greatest successes and most pressing issues to effectively mobilize change and action. In-depth data collection and a citizen perception survey help us dive deep into our communities and priorities. The Vital Signs® initiative helps the entire community stay informed so together we can best address the needs of today and prepare for the needs of tomorrow.

Digging deep to uncover quality of life
The easy-to-read Vital Signs report celebrates our successes as a region, telling us where we are doing well. It also tackles tough subjects, highlighting areas of real need in the Northwestern Alberta region. It’s a powerful tool that helps communities – average citizens and decision-makers – be more effective at setting priorities and identifying opportunities for further action.

2017 Northwestern Alberta's Vital Signs®: 

The theme of the 2017 Report is belonging. Why does belonging matter? A greater sense of belonging has the extraordinary capacity to transform our lives and our communities. It translates into safer, more resilient and inclusive communities; it’s integral to our mental health and overall well-being; it creates a flourishing culture; it enhances our ability to cultivate relationships; and it inspires greater community participation.

Dive deeper into a sense of belonging in our region with the 2017 Northwestern Alberta's Vital Signs® Report. 

View past Vital Signs® publications and sources. 

Vital Signs® is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada. 

Vital Signs® Testimonials

"The City of Grande Prairie is proud to be a supporter of the Vital Signs survey as it is an essential tool for building a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community. As the city grows, we want to ensure individuals and families of all backgrounds have the opportunity to thrive here. The information provided through the Vital Signs survey, which provides an insightful blend of citizen feedback and hard data, enables us to identify our key strengths and opportunities for growth. This information is important for driving decision making and continues to provide a platform to showcase our region. Thanks to the Vital Signs survey, we are able to continuously work towards a diverse and dynamic community of excellence in Grande Prairie."

Angela Sutherland, Manager, Community Social Development, City of Grande Prairie

"The Vital Signs reports are a valuable tool that we can use to reference when communicating with decision makers and community stakeholders about the benefits of sport and recreation. Research shows that when people are actively involved in sport or recreation, they are healthier with a greater sense of belonging which in turn, leads to a healthier community. A healthier community benefits EVERYONE which means no one escapes the benefits of sport and recreation!"

Karna Germsheid, Executive Director, Grande Prairie Sport Council

"The Vital Signs document provides valuable feedback to school district staff re: the neighbourhoods in which we operate our schools, and it is a valuable source of information used in our strategic planning cycles. The breadth of detailed information about Grande Prairie found in Vital Signs is useful for both staff and families new to our District as well as providing educational stakeholders information about the context in which our District operates. Vital Signs allows us to celebrate what is great about our community and helps organizations like ours be part of a collective effort to continuously improve the overall quality of life in our community."

Alexander (Sandy) McDonald, Superintendent of Schools, Grande Prairie Public School District

"Catholic Family Services used Vital Signs as a key component in planning the future needs and direction of our organization. The statistics on community needs were an important tool to help provide direction on where to best direct our resources."

Catholic Family Services

"Our involvement in Vital Signs has given us the opportunity to share our health data to a wider and more diverse audience. Our health data is just a piece of the puzzle that leads to overall health and wellness, and Vital Signs supported increased linkage to other invaluable partners in our community. In October 2011 at the Grande Prairie Vital Signs launch, Alberta Health Services announced its Workplace Wellness Pilot to local businesses, based on data released in the Vital Signs report."

Donna Koch, Executive Director, Population and Public Health, Addiction and Mental Health North Zone Alberta Health Services

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