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A Closer Look at Connection and Engagement in Metro Vancouver

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Vancouver Foundation has released today Connect & Engage Mini-Reports, a new research series that takes a closer look at the state of connection and engagement in Metro Vancouver.

Drawing on the research from the 2017 Connect & Engage Report, the Mini-Reports dive deeper into six themes to better understand who is most impacted by loneliness and isolation and the impact it has on community engagement.

  • Isolation and Loneliness in Metro Vancouver: One in seven Metro Vancouver residents are lonely and one in four feels isolated. This report looks in depth at characteristics unique to those who feel isolated versus lonely and what that means for community engagement.
  • Metro Vancouver is a Community of Networked Neighbours: One in six Metro Vancouver residents are “networked neighbours”: those with an exceptionally strong sense of connection to their neighbourhood. This report examines the demographic of networked neighbours and how they engage with their community.
  • Habits of Highly Engaged People: A look into who highly engaged residents of Metro Vancouver are to better understand how we can inspire more community engagement.
  • Engaging Vancouver Youth: Thirty per cent of young people between 18 and 24 are the most vulnerable to feeling lonely and disconnected in large part due to being less rooted in where they live. Only 31 per cent expect to stay in their neighbourhoods for at least five years compared to 65 per cent of all respondents.
  • Engaging Metro Vancouver’s Newcomers: Newcomers—those who have lived in Metro Vancouver for less than 10 years—are not only a relatively young demographic but are also the most vulnerable to experiencing loneliness and isolation. This mini-report dives deeper into their feelings of belonging and welcome and how that impacts neighbourhood engagement.
  • High-rise Connection: Residents in high-rise buildings tend to be young renters who are likely living alone and are new to their neighbourhoods. This mini-report shows that high-rise living is actually quite isolating and offers ways to strengthen community for high-rise residents.

The 2017 Connect & Engage Report surveyed 3,785 Metro Vancouver residents in June and July of 2017 to measure the strength of connections and engagement in the region as a follow-up to the 2012 study on the same topic. The Mini-Reports offer new insight from the findings of the 2017 Report to better understand who is most vulnerable to experiencing loneliness and isolation and how we can strengthen our communities by fostering more connection and engagement.

Visit the Mini-Report Website or download a PDF of all six mini-reports

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