Continuing updates and information during this COVID-19 emergency can be found immediately below, under the News and Events section of this page.
Update March 16, 2020
Social Planning's response to COVID
Social Planning staff have made themselves available to support local initiatives and organisations during this time. In addition to this we will continue to work on long term initiatives that will be vital as we move past this crisis.
During this crisis a few roles are shifting at SPC as our ED has been called to work in other places at this time. Rosalie Sawrie will be the main agency contact until further notice firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250-701-3134.
Social Planning Cowichan researches, forms partnerships, creates strategies and informs the Cowichan public about social planning issues.
We currently have six primary areas of focus: Safety, Climate Change, Poverty, Cultural Connections, Development & Research, and Community Vision.
Key projects for 2020 are: Living Wage, COVID Community Snapshots, Reporting Back on Visions 2020, Regional Research on Poverty, Connect Cowichan and Projects and transitioning the work of Cultural Connections into its own Indigenous led organisation.
Please note that the housing association has had its own governing body in operation since 2016 and can be found here. Social Planning Cowichan does not hold any financial partnerships or agreements with the Cowichan Housing Association.
SPC - Community Donations
Wheather it's during a time of crisis, or a time of calm, donations to SPC are always appreciated, and are a great way to help our community through our projects and initiatives.
A New Way to View Our Community
Take a look at the Cowichan Community Snapshots, most recent update August, 2019. They are an interactive source of information on statistics, trends, issues, and reasons to celebrate our successes in the Cowichan Valley.
Living Wage Report 2019
Cowichan Valley Living Wage 2019
Please check back soon to find out what is happening with the latest Living Wage calculation, including ways in which you could help us find a result reflective of the situation in our community after changes were made to the calculation formula.
Cowichan Valley Living Wage 2018
A living wage provides individuals and families with a basic income that ensures their core needs are met, which significantly improves both health and overall happiness.
The living wage is calculated individually for each region, using local statistics to ensure it is as accurate as possible and reflects the demographics of the area. In a nutshell, it is the hourly pay an individual would need to earn in order to adequately cover basic expenses such as food, clothing, utilities, rental housing, cell phone and internet bills, transportation, childcare (in the case of families), healthcare, and a small amount of savings for illness or emergencies.
This is a significant calculation because income is the most important determinant of health, as it shapes our overall living conditions, which has various impacts on our health and overall well-being. Child poverty in BC is also affected by low wages, as with 1 out of every 3 children facing poverty in the province have at least one parent working full-time, year-round. Click here for the full report.