This research project stemmed from these growing concerns that there were gaps in provision and equitable distribution of resources, that was putting South Vancouver residents at a disadvantage compared to other neighbourhoods in Vancouver. We investigated inequities in neighbourhood amenities and social infrastructure in Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview, Sunset, and Marpole neighbourhoods, compared to the City of Vancouver as a whole. Focusing on these four communities, we explored from the perspectives of neighbourhood house staff and residents what services and amenities are needed by South Vancouver residents, and why. This investigation included an analysis of public investments in social amenities and community-based services, as well as tracking existing social infrastructure in these neighbourhoods, and comparing the level of service available to the current needs of the community.Our analysis found real gaps in resource allocation and service delivery in these neighbourhoods, compared to the city of Vancouver, as a whole. Our analysis also demonstrates a diversity of needs across the four neighbourhoods in South Vancouver. This diversity highlights the importance and value of disaggregated data by neighbourhood to identify disparities, and effectively advocate for neighbourhood equity.
This report was created in partnership with South Vancouver Neighbourhood House and Marpole Neighbourhood House.