Canada’s official poverty line is measured by the ability of a family to meet its basic needs based on the cost of a basket of goods and services. On the west coast, we know the cost of living is rising while incomes are generally in decline, making it more and more challenging for families to make ends meet. For the last 20 years, the tourism and hospitality sectors of our region’s economy have grown steadily. Consequently, our population fluctuates dramatically throughout the year, peaking in summer with the high volume of visitors and seasonal employees. While the value of TofinoUcluelet tourism comprises 2% of the dollars spent in BC’s tourism economy and generates 7.5% of provincial tourism taxes , the benefits arising from this sector are not evenly distributed throughout the region. Moreover, the small population of tax-paying residents and businesses cannot easily support the increasing infrastructure costs (e.g., water and sewage) required to sustain such high volumes of visitors.

The Vital Signs 2018 cover shows two team members of the Central Westcoast Forest Society, an eNGO that works to restore salmon-bearing creeks and rivers in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region

Vital Signs is a biennial report by the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust that brings together social, cultural, economic, and environmental information to tell a story about the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and measures the vitality of our communities. Vital Signs 2018 features a thorough integration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, linking local projects to global initiatives. The CBT is committed to a long-term monitoring program for the region and our communities.  The information in Vital Signs tells the story of regional health through regular reporting and will help us:

  • increase public awareness and inform residents for better decision-making
  • identify regional priorities for local governments
  • identify areas of success and achievement, information gaps and research priorities

Contact Information

Colin Robinson
(250) 725-2219