About Vital Signs

What are the issues facing our community? How are we responding? Is there a way you can make a difference?

These are just some of the questions tackled by Vital Signs, a national program of Canada’s Community Foundations. This biennial report measures the vitality of the community by examining a variety of issues that are significant to our well-being and quality of life. This information is integral to helping us continue to build London as a Smart & Caring Community. Guiding the Foundation’s granting like a roadmap, Vital Signs provides the Foundation with the in-depth knowledge to make informed decisions about how to distribute our funds and direct our granting.

A community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada, Vital Signs measures the vitality of our communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life. Compiled from current statistics and special studies, the report examines a variety of issues that are essential to the well-being of our community and its residents.

Inspiring civic engagement, providing focus for public debate and informing community members of our greatest needs, Vital Signs is one of the many ways London Community Foundation drives community change.

*The Vital Signs trademark is used with permission from Community Foundations of Canada.

How can I get involved?

London’s Vital Signs helps you understand the issues facing your community. Whether it be guiding your charitable giving or inspiring you to learn more about a local initiative or organization, the Foundation is here to help you make an impact.

Interested in driving change?

For more information, contact London Community Foundation at 519-667-1600 or

Thanks to our Partners and Sources

London Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report would not be possible without the support of our many contributors and partners. Taking our city’s pulse is a true collaborative effort and we are inspired by the energy and enthusiasm around this project. Thank you to all of the organizations and individuals who contributed time, talent and expertise to this project; you make your community!

*indicates individual or organization provided in-kind support
**indicates individual or organization provided financial support

Abe Oudshoorn, Western University
*AM 1290 CJBK
*Bookmark Photography
Children’s Aid Society
Child and Youth Network
Canadian Meteorological Centre
Cate Patchett, South West CCAC
*Digital Echidna
Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario
**Harrison Pensa LLP
Jaclyn Seeler, United Way
Jamie Skimming, City of London
Jan Richardson, City of London
Janet Tufts, United Way
Joan Atchison, London Police Service
*Lashbrook Marketing & PR
Literacy London
London Food Bank
Louise Stevens, City of London
Matt Feldberg, City of London
Michelle Dellamora
**Nicholson Sheffield Architects
**PwC Canada
Richard Bain Photography
Sandra Datars-Bere, City of London
South West LHIN
Steve Martin Photography
*The London Free Press
VHA Home Health Care
YOU Made it Cafe
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority