Social Needs Assessment & Strategy

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and partners are undertaking a Social Needs Assessment & Strategy, which will assess and address social needs within the region. In line with TogetherBC, British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, key priority areas of the project include an assessment of:

  • Programs for families, youth and children
  • Social supports and services
  • Access to housing and homelessness
  • Access to healthy and affordable food
  • Safe, affordable transportation
  • Discrimination and stigma



Our Partners

This project is delivered in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, Gabriola Island Trust Committee, and the Town of Qualicum Beach. It is supported by community partners including the Oceanside Health and Wellness Network, Nanaimo Area Health Network and the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative. The resulting strategy will also be developed by engaging with the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nation communities.

How Can I Get Involved & Learn More?

  • Register to this page to receive notification of news and updates
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Register to this page and complete our survey

This project has been funded by the Province of British Columbia, administered through the Union of BC Municipalities.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and partners are undertaking a Social Needs Assessment & Strategy, which will assess and address social needs within the region. In line with TogetherBC, British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, key priority areas of the project include an assessment of:

  • Programs for families, youth and children
  • Social supports and services
  • Access to housing and homelessness
  • Access to healthy and affordable food
  • Safe, affordable transportation
  • Discrimination and stigma



Our Partners

This project is delivered in partnership with the City of Nanaimo, District of Lantzville, Gabriola Island Trust Committee, and the Town of Qualicum Beach. It is supported by community partners including the Oceanside Health and Wellness Network, Nanaimo Area Health Network and the Gabriola Health and Wellness Collaborative. The resulting strategy will also be developed by engaging with the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Qualicum First Nation communities.

How Can I Get Involved & Learn More?

  • Register to this page to receive notification of news and updates
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Register to this page and complete our survey

This project has been funded by the Province of British Columbia, administered through the Union of BC Municipalities.

  • Public Engagement

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    16 Mar 2021
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    We're looking for stories and experiences from all people—whether you feel as though you experience poverty or not. This broad collection of voices will help us to understand the types of social supports needed within our region.

    Community Survey

    Your participation will help to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities you may experience in accessing housing, child care and education, social supports, recreational opportunities, securing healthy food, community belonging, transportation and more. The survey will be open until Friday, April 9, 2021.

    We will also be working with local service provides to conduct virtual focus groups, interviews and a workshop.

  • Project Objectives

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    02 Feb 2021

    This will be the first Social Needs Assessment & Strategy for the region. It will build on related projects such as the Regional Housing Needs Report and the RDN Strategic Plan 2019-2022.

    Through an assessment of regional poverty and community conversations, this project will develop an action plan that will:

    • Provide recommendations for local government to improve access to services for those living in poverty or at risk of poverty
    • Provide recommendations for new or expanded local government initiatives to help reduce or prevent poverty
    • Identify where other levels of government or non-governmental organizations may play a leadership or partnership role in filling identified service gaps