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 improve understanding of the successes and most pressing issues in our communities 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 provides real and relevant information so together we can best address the needs of today and prepare for tomorrow.  Watch for a new, updated Vital Signs in October 2019!

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 our 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 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. We know from the reports 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