People still prefer connecting in-person to interacting via technology.
Our survey shows that residents of every demographic prefer to connect with each other in-person. Less than one-in-five feel they spend too much time with technology, and more than half use technology to connect with people and friends in the community.
Neighbours want to get to know each other better through social gatherings, community festivals, and community projects.
Most people want to get to know their neighbours better – even more so among those that have lived here for the shortest period. Events such as social gatherings, festivals, and participating in a local project are the most popular ways for neighbours to meet and form connections.
Most people are satisfied with where they live, but many still expect to move on soon.
Although three-quarters of residents indicate they are happy with where they live, about half either expect to move in the next five years, or are simply unsure of what the future holds.
It's time to extend an invitation to build a community where everyone belongs.
As a community foundation, our motivation is to incorporate this deeper understanding into our work building stronger communities across Metro Vancouver.
But we know we’re not alone. As we share our 2017 report, we ask ourselves the question, “Who can we work with to build a more connected and engaged community in Metro Vancouver?”
We hope it is all of you.