Kingston, ON – The Social Planning Council Kingston and Area (SPCKA) has officially released its 2009 Kingston Community Profile: A Socio-Demographic Analysis of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The report defines the social and demographic characteristics of the Kingston Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). It is a community-led and community-based study. The Profile is a collaborative effort with the support of the Corporation of the City of Kingston; Kingston Economic Development Corporation; Kingston Community Health Centres; United Way serving Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington; and Empire Life.
The purpose of the study is to identify, analyze, map and discuss the major demographic and social trends and their potential implications on the community. The Profile is to be used by non-governmental agencies, the general public and government agencies to better understand the people they serve, as well as identify potential areas of emerging need, particularly with regards to the minority, immigrant, Aboriginal, low-income, and children populations in Kingston. To conduct the analysis a research design was developed using a mixed quantitative/qualitative methodology that emphasized community participation in the development of the profile to supplement statistical analysis with anecdotal and real-life experiences of community members.
The Profile describes social factors within the CMA, as well as recent demographic and community changes. Analysis was carried using primary research data from the Statistics Canada’s census results for 2001 and 2006 along with supporting community documents.
“It is an essential resource for all community planners and we are thrilled with how comprehensive and accessible the report is. It’s been a tremendous team effort for this report to come to fruition and we must thank the Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning, their students and our community partners who have helped the Social Planning Council pull together and analyse the data,” states John Osborne, Executive Director of SPCKA.
“We tried to present the data in both an accessible and informative style which makes it easy to read,” says Dave Jackson, Profile Research Coordinator and Editor and the SPCKA Board Project Lead. “The inclusion of maps really highlights some of the interesting trends across the community and provides a great snapshot of where Kingston is today.”
Tom Greening, member of the Roundtable on Poverty Reduction comments, “Reducing and finally eradicating poverty means changing numbers and changing hearts. This new profile will help the Roundtable monitor progress as we work with all sectors to decrease poverty in Kingston.”
The 2009 Community Profile is available by a free download from the Social Planning Council’s website at http://www.spckingston.ca or available for purchase in hard copy format from the SPCKA offices at 260 Brock Street.
The Social Planning Council of Kingston and Area is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization and registered charity that has operated in Kingston since 1930. Throughout its history, the SPCKA has been concerned with the state of social service needs and well being of residents in Kingston and surrounding Frontenac, Lennox and Addington counties. The mandate of the SPCKA is to provide leadership in identifying the need for social services and supports within the community. The SPCKA seeks to facilitate, co-ordinate, and advocate for positive social change, while bridging the worlds of community members, academic researchers, government policy-makers and on-the-ground program operators across all sectors.
UPDATE: January 27 2014
Student community newspaper Past The Pages will hold next Kingston Social Planning Meeting and provide the detailed coverage of the main events. This year many not-for-profit, nongovernmental organizations and registered charities are going to participate in the event. Stay Tuned!