Quote 1

“There are lots of opportunities available to volunteer and lots of friends that I have made through my experiences.”

Quote 2

“As a student, I feel like I can change/take action on Human Rights, sustainability, safety, poverty or truth and reconciliation (either of the five actions).”

Quote 3

“My parents will stay here. I like the multiculturalism here. I believe things will get better in time.”


Youth Vital Signs Winnipeg 2014

Our youth and young adults have their own unique experiences living in Winnipeg and insights on local issues.

The Winnipeg Foundation's Youth Vital Signs 2014 invited young Winnipeggers, aged 14-29, to grade 15 key areas of life and to identify opportunities for change most important to them, and categorize priorities for community investment.

The results of the survey were compiled into the Young Winnipeg's Report Card [PDF], released in October 2014.

About the Report


Through comments, some prevalent concerns emerged:

  • Poverty as a widespread, complex and interconnected issue
  • High cost of living and its relation to difficulties achieving independence
  • Discrimination, particularly along cultural lines
  • Societal and generational divides, specifically between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people
  • Personal safety, especially in relation to where one lives in the city
  • Lack of access to mental health services and awareness

Demographic difference

Among all Winnipeggers, infrastructure (including roads and potholes) and crime are considered the biggest issues facing our city (Probe Research, 2014). Young Winnipeg, however, is calling for investment in a variety of social programs to make our city a better place.

No “A”s or “D”s

While young Winnipeggers have not ranked any area a complete failure, they also don’t see aspects in which our city excels. Thinking about their futures, 41% said they plan to relocate, while 46% say they don’t know.

Big issues

Youth graded 15 areas of importance. The five areas identified as needing the most immediate attention were:
  1. Poverty
  2. Housing and homelessness
  3. Safety
  4. Employment
  5. Transportation

Priorities for investment

Young Winnipeggers also ranked 21 services and programs in which they would like to see more resource investment. Top of the list were:
  1. Education
  2. Affordable housing
  3. Mental health services
  4. Public transportation
  5. Gang prevention programs


Thank you!

Research Partner: Probe Research

Pat Lazo and artists at Studio 393:
Chelsea Petrie
Stormy Angeconeb
Rene Marriott
Skyler Ashu
Eddie Dewey
Florent Alimasi
Chloe Chafe
Raquel Alice
Stephan Girard
Dana Lance
Cassidy Aqulia
Marvin Joseph Barawid

Youth Vital Signs Advisors
Community Foundations of Canada
Vancouver Foundation
Calgary Foundation
Victoria Foundation

Young Winnipeg Advisors
Alyssandra Edwards
Baden Kjarsgaad
Breydan Sylvester
Cameron Power
Chino Argueta
Dallas Sawchuk
Debbie Froese
Donovan Campeau
Eric Mugaza
Gurjot Makkar
Jocelle Cuvos
Lauren MacLean
Megan Fultz
Monique Sereneo
Muuxi Adam
Natascha Dhillon
Nawal Tajdin
Nicole Moore
Noah Copiak
Remi Durocher
Serenity Irvine
Sienna Anderson
Tamika Reid
Trinh Ha

Participating post-secondary institutions and high schools
*All of our wonderful Youth in Philanthropy committees and all others who participated!

Canadian Mennonite University
Canu Canada (University of Manitoba)
Red River College
Université de Saint-Boniface
University of Winnipeg
Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre

Participating agencies & groups
Aboriginal Youth Opportunities
Art City
Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc.
Broadway Neighbourhood Centre
Graffiti Art Programming Inc
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Of Manitoba Inc
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc
Newcomers Employment & Education Development Services (NEEDS)
Resource Assistance for Youth
Rossbrook House
Spence Neighbourhood Association
Teen Stop Jeunesse
West Broadway Youth Outreach Inc.
Rainbow Resource Centre
Inner City Youth Alive
Ma Mawi Chi Itata Centre
Youth Agencies Alliance
Special thanks to Youth Agencies Alliance for getting the word out to Young Winnipeg!

Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities, identifies significant trends and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life. Special thanks to the Toronto Community Foundation for developing and sharing the Vital Signs concept, to the Vancouver Foundation for their guidance and Community Foundations of Canada for supporting a coordinated national Vital Signs initiative. For more information visit: www.vitalsignscanada.ca.

We would like to acknowledge our partnership with 26 other community foundations releasing Vital Signs reports this year:
Abbotsford, BC
Calgary AB
Clayoquot, BC
Cranbrook, BC
Edmonton, AB
Fredericton, NB
Grand Forks, BC (Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities)
Kingston, ON
Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, AB
London, ON
Medicine Hat, AB
Nanaimo, BC
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia (youth)
Peterborough, ON
Regina, SK
Salmon Arm (Shuswap), BC
Simcoe County, ON
Squamish, BC
Sudbury, ON
Sunshine Coast, BC
Surrey, BC
Toronto, ON
Victoria, BC
Windsor-Essex, ON

Youth Vital Signs Mayoral Forum Youth Advisory Committee
Michael Champagne
Samantha Murdock
Zacharias Schick
Tarah Desjarlais
Shaylene Lesasseur
Chino Argueta
Chris Clacio
Victoria Weir
Jeremy Ross
Mark Cardy
Raven Michelle
Karen Ferris
Shemenu Dayasa
Marko Gjuric

Young Winnipeg Snapshot

The Youth Vital Signs Winnipeg team partnered with Probe Research to gather a demographic profile of youth in Winnipeg using data from a range of primary and secondary sources. Please refer to the Sources for direct links to information.

Snapshot of Young Winnipeg

  • There are about 148,100 Winnipeg residents aged 14-29. This represents 22% of the population. (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  • The highest concentration of young people is in the Osborne Village area and near the University of Manitoba. (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  • The youth population isn’t growing as quickly as older adults. Between 2001 and 2011, Winnipeg’s under 30 population grew by 2% (from 248,200 to 252,100), while the 55-plus population grew by 26% (from 141,900 to 178,100). (Statistics Canada, 2001 & 2011)
  • Manitoba’s newcomers are younger on average than newcomers in Canada overall: 31% of Manitoba’s newcomers (who arrived since 2001) were children under the age of 15, compared to 27% of Canada’s newcomers. (Healthy Child Manitoba, 2012)
  • The Philippines, India and China have consistently ranked as the top three source countries for immigrants to Manitoba. In 2012, emigration from the Philippines and China decreased while numbers from India increased. (Manitoba Immigration Facts, 2013)
  • Manitoba’s Aboriginal population is significantly younger than the Manitoba average. In 2006, over 33% of Aboriginal peoples and 31% of Manitoba’s newcomers were under the age of 15. (Healthy Child Manitoba, 2012)
  • According to the 2011 Census, 40,255 Winnipeggers were Aboriginal peoples aged 29 or younger (representing 56% of all Aboriginal peoples in Winnipeg and 6% of all Winnipeg residents). (Statistics Canada, 2011)


Young Winnipeg Snapshot

Youth Voice

Youth Spaces


*Resource unavailable online, for more information please email youthvitalsigns@wpgfdn.org



Health, Healing and Well-being

Culture, Identity and Belonging

Human Rights

Housing and Homelessness

Access and Ability

The Arts



Education and Learning

Active Living

YVS Response

2015 YVS Response Committee

Chino Argueta
Qaalitt Boru
Michael Champagne
Erica Daniels
Andrée Forest
Megan Fultz
Gillian Hansen
Raymond Lanoria
Sappfyre McLeod
Samantha Procyshyn
Jason Syvixay

YVS Response Grants

In spring 2015, The Winnipeg Foundation put forward a one-time call for applications for projects with the goal to improve life in Winnipeg for youth and young adults, by addressing one or more of the areas identified in the Youth Vital Signs report. These projects were approved with recommendation from the Youth Vital Signs Response committee, a group of diverse young leaders and community representatives.

June 2015

Organization Description YVS Area Amount
Art City Indigenous Arts program; engaging youth across the city in hands-on exploration of Indigenous arts and culture Arts / Intercultural $10,000
Graffiti Art Programming Studio 393's Project Art Jam; providing youth with quality programming and mentorship, specifically in dance and filmmaking Arts $10,000
Immigrant And Refugee Community Organization Of Manitoba (IRCOM) Youth Employment Program (YEP); building employability skills and knowledge in inner-city youth ages 13-21 Employment $10,000
Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) Two-day conference; engaging youth from diverse cultural backgrounds to encourage intercultural understanding and build relationships between local youth Arts / Intercultural $8,000
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Urban Indigenous Youth Voices, a youth-driven initiative; strengthening and mobilizing Indigenous youth to learn, participate, build and lead change in Winnipeg Youth Voice / Intercultural $10,000
Macdonald Youth Services Life Train, a preventative life skills program; helping youth ages 18-29 develop their pre-employment, job searching and self-advocacy skills Employment $5,000
Manitoba Eco-Network /Green Action Centre Collaborative cycling project; encouraging youth to incorporate active transportation in their lives Sustainability / Transportation $10,000
Siloam Mission Exit Up!, an interdependent living program; providing safe and supportive housing for Indigenous youth, ages 18-25 who have exited the child welfare system Housing $10,000
Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) Junior Coaches program; providing older youth with the opportunity to participate and volunteer in sports and recreation Active Living 10,000
The University of Winnipeg Foundation Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre's Indigenous Math Readiness Project; a four-week summer math learning program for Indigenous youth Education $7,000
Women's Health Clinic Providing youth and young adults with access mental health services, including short-term counselling, drop-in services and workshops Health $10,000

What's Next

Vital Signs® 2017

Winnipeg’s first full Vital Signs® is a check-up on the vitality of our community that identifies significant needs and trends. The report combines research with the results of a survey, in which community members provide insights on issue areas critical to quality of life in Winnipeg.

About Vital Signs®

Vital Signs® is a national program led by individual community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada. Cumulatively, the initiative works to leverage local knowledge, measure community well-being and support action towards improving our collective quality of life as Canadians. More than 65 communities in Canada and around the world are using Vital Signs® to mobilize the power of community knowledge for greater local impact.

Youth Check-In

During the full Vital Signs® 2017 process, we wanted check-in with local youth to compare and contrast perspectives about community priorities, three years later.

We surveyed participants of our Youth in Philanthropy program in May 2017 after their year of learning more about community issues and grantmaking. We promoted the online survey to YiP staff advisors and their students, as well as shared it more broadly on social media and with community organizations. This survey was a shortened version, with a new section to gather youth perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation. 

Over 100 youth participated in the check in survey. The results of the YVS check in will be published this October in the 2017 Vital Signs® report.

For more information, check out Vital Signs®.

Youth Vital Signs Report

What do Young Winnipeggers think of our city?

Download the Report [PDF]

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Megan Tate

Director of Community Grants
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