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Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria

Youth Employment Development for the Capital Region

This is a Youth Employment Development Initiative to prototype and test best practices and models we have identified in other places in Canada to create effective labour market pathways for young people who are disadvantaged. We have conducted research for the Enterprising Non Profit Program and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence on models in other jurisdictions of employment development systems inclusive of "employment social enterprises" to create pathways for young people to sustainable livelihoods. We discovered that there are best practices in engaging and promoting employer partnerships with community training agencies that are market based and entrepreneurial We are proposing to adapt and test these models in our own region which currently lacks infrastructure for youth employment development. We also intend to engage a larger group of stakeholders in BC in a learning community on our experiences and lessons learned to inform practices in other regions, through our partnerships with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the BC Centre for Employment Excellence. We will have a strong evaluation component to test impacts on income, skills and educational attainment, and employment to share with policy and program stakeholders to embrace more innovative and effective public policy. We will test this model in growth sectors of the economy that also have sustainability impacts, like the resource recycling and renewable energy sectors.

Georgia Strait Alliance

Building community strength and resilience to oil spills in vulnerable coastal areas

This project represents a social innovation that can be executed within a medium-term timeframe and contributes to an over-arching societal shift - away from a belief system that accepts as inevitable our dependence on fossil fuels and towards a system which acknowledges the inherent risks in this dependence and works toward a clean energy future. In a time of growing concerns about global climate change and with our increasing recognition of the local impacts of oil spills, this project works from the ground up to change how communities prepare for and invest in local oil spill response and stand together to voice their opposition to projects like Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion. Kinder Morgan’s proposal would greatly increase the risk of a spill that would devastate local communities and ecosystems and significantly contribute to climate change. By working with local governments and individuals to identify and address gaps in local oil spill preparedness and response, the project will address the imbalance of resources, power and knowledge that currently prevents local governments from adequately planning for oil spills. This will increase the ability of vulnerable communities, and the people who will be most directly affected by a spill, to have a voice in creating a strengthened spill response regime which will protect and restore their local natural habitats and ecosystems and foster community resilience.

PHS Community Services Society

Creating Bee Space

Our mandate is to enhance community through apiculture and to connect people & pollinators. We believe in the therapeutic value of beekeeping, its ability to connect all people to community, to nature and to themselves. We bring bees into marginalized urban communities and manage them side by side with community members through our mentorship program; we create green spaces and green opportunities for training, employment and education; we diversify our ecosystem by supporting pollinators and increase our food security by pollination of local food and production of local honey. The bee hive is the centre point of our programming, out from which a spectrum of opportunity radiates. The bees are an incredibly fertile substrate for meaningful connection, green skills training and access to nature. Our programming is socially innovative in its ability to reach out and connect to those considered hard-to-reach, welcoming and supporting individuals and their communities, building bridges of communication, de-stigmatizing bees and people and taking leadership in environmental stewardship. There is a wealth of opportunity in the city for bees and people of all kinds, and our project is helping our city to realize its potential and be a model for other cities. This project will grow our ability to offer meaningful programming that builds community capacity to support native pollinators & honey bees; extend our programming to new geographies & peoples; and embeds us in our community.

Youth Housing First

The PHS Youth Housing First Project was piloted in 2011 through the Vancouver Foundation Youth Homelessness Initiative. The objective of the project is to house chronically homeless youth between the ages of 18-25 residing in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Youth Housing First offers unconditional supported housing and stability for young people who have become homeless as a result of mental illness and addiction. In the next year we are developing the sustinability of our youth work through two streams - developing a product or products that fund the training and employment opportunities for youth at East Van Roasters and Community Thrift and Vintage (coffee, granola etc) - and creating youth specific clinics using the fee for service model at the Portland Clinic

SFU - Centre for Dialogue

Expanding renewable energy in BC through Climate Action Plan 2.0

In May, the Government of British Columbia created a new climate leadership team to recommend policies that would help ensure it meets its legislated 2020 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction targets. The team’s recommendations, due in December, will form the basis of what the government is calling its Climate Leadership Plan—a set of policies to be included in the 2016 budget. The province understands that new policy will be needed across the economy to achieve its targets; this newly opened policy window offers an excellent opportunity to boost clean and renewable energy development and deployment in the province. The province has been clear that it needs the public to ask for climate solutions now; this is key in that there has been little to no political space open for such a discussion over the past three years. We believe that an immediate, targeted communications and engagement effort can help ensure that the Climate Leadership Plan fully delivers on its potential. We intend to build the evidence base and communicate the benefits of a prosperous low-carbon provincial economy. We will do this by developing and amplifying economic arguments, insightful analyses, and good-news stories about the development and deployment of clean energy. We aim to develop a positive, engaged, and geographically diverse constituency to inspire and inform a suite of strong new climate policies. We will then convey this feedback to government via a series of briefings.

The Mustard Seed

The Capital Regional District Food Rescue

The CRD Food Rescue is about rescuing good, edible and healthy fresh food from heading to the landfill or laying on the farmer's field. Food Banks for the past 30 years have been alleviating food insecurity, but have not addressed the root causes of poverty causing individuals to access social supports. Moreover, non-perishables, which have been the staple of food banks, have created long-term health issues for vulnerable communities as they are high in sugar and sodium. Our project is about reclaiming fresh foods, diverting it from the landfill, gleaning it, then re-distributing it to local non-profit agencies not only to increase the health outcomes of their clients, but also to cut agency food budgets so as to increase spending on supportive or poverty elimination programs, specifically housing supports. Most importantly however, with such high expected volumes of food, we will create a social enterprise where low-income earners who do not access food banks, but are food insecure due to economic barriers, may access this project through extremely subsidized cost. This would not be the sale of the food so as not to cut into the market share of retailers, but for the service of distribution including online component and operations costs. This piece would be linked to income levels to ensure a different customer base than our retail partners. We project generating 30% of our operations cost in the form of revenue within the first 3 years and 50% within 5 years.