- Abbotsford (52%) and Fraser East (50%) said Safety was the number one concern compared to all of BC (35%) and Canada 30%.
- Abbotsford and Fraser East departed significantly from BC as a whole when it came to identifying solutions for improving Safety. Some 47% of respondents ranked Reducing Use of Illegal Drugs as their number one priority compared to only 33% of respondents across BC. Abbotsford and Fraser East also departed from the province in their second priority for improving Safety where 44% in Abbotsford and 39% in Fraser East chose Reducing Levels of Gang Violence compared to only 25% province wide.
- When Abbotsford respondents were asked if they feel safe walking in their neighborhoods after dark 68% said “yes” compared to 78% across BC. Their main concern was a violent attack (26%) compared to the province at 19%.
The 2016 Abbotsford Vital Signs Report was based on province wide research coordinated and funded by the Vancouver Foundation. To read the BC report as well as regional reports, including Fraser East, please visit www.vancouverfoundationvitalsigns.ca.
Community Foundations of Canada recently recently release its national survey “Belonging: Exploring Connection to Community”.
Community Foundations of Canada and the True Sport Foundation also produced a special report this year on Sport and Belonging.
Abbotsford Community Foundation produced its first Vital Signs Report in 2013 looking at issues including poverty, youth employment, food security, health and education. The following year the Foundation examined areas that included work and economy, arts and culture, transportation and the environment. Both reports are available to download below: