Profile Background: Community Planning Process
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The Kingston Community Profile Network met for the
first time in June 2007. Members consist of CFB Kingston, Children
Services Steering Committee, City of Kingston, Community Foundation
of Greater Kingston, Community Round Table on
Correctional Service of Canada, KFL&A Public Health, Kingston
Community Health Centres, Kingston Economic Development Corporation,
Ministry of Children and Family Services, Kingston Not-for-Profit
Housing Providers Association, Partners in Mission Food Bank,
Queen’s School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), Royal Military
College, United Way KFL&A. This multi-sector network established the
need for a Kingston Community Profile and the Social Planning
Council of Kingston & Area (SPC) agreed to take legal and fiduciary
responsibility for the project.
It is important to note that the Profile project
remains community-based and community-led. The SPC developed a
framework for the project and the Network met several times over the
past year to review the framework and approve it in principle.
During the summer of 2008 researchers worked individually with
Network members to finalize the contents and locate data sources.
In 2008, funding for the project was received from
the City of Kingston and the Kingston Economic Development
Corporation (KEDCO), Kingston Community Health Centres, and the
United Way. In June 2008, the School of Urban and Regional Planning
at Queen’s University was approached to help move the project
forward with financial assistance from the SPC. In September 2008 SURP 823 – the Social Planning
Project Class- was formed to create the project. Mapping work
for the Profile was completed by SURP’s GIS (Geographic Information System) class
led by Mr. Calvin Chan.
SPC Executive Director John Osborne and David
Jackson, Research Officer for the SPC Board, co-ordinated the
research and development of the Profile project with SURP. They will lead the Profile
community consultations in 2009.
The SPC’s provincial network, the Social Planning
Network of Ontario (SPNO), is providing expertise in mapping and data
analysis to this project through a Trillium Foundation funded project,
Ontario Social Landscapes. The SPC is one of 14
participating social planning organizations in this project that
will create a community profile by May 2009 and contribute to a
provincial profile to be completed by May 2010.
Purpose of the Study
The objective of the Kingston Community Profile is
to provide reliable, understandable and useful information on
Kingston’s growth and changing socio-demographic characteristics to
the greater community.
The profile will answer three important
Who are we? Where are we? Where are we going?
The main purposes
for compiling social and community indicators are to:
Monitor social change over time in a
broad range of social phenomena
Provide social reporting for
Forecast trends and turning points
in social conditions
The Kingston Community Profile is intended
to serve a broad audience including:
All levels of government in the
provision of services for residents;
Businesses to better plan, develop and
deliver goods and services to meet customer needs;
Social service and community
development agencies to enhance their ability to mobilize resources
and bridge service gaps;
Local media to report on community
issues with greater depth and breadth of understanding;
Individual residents and community
groups to be better informed of the needs and potentials of their
To complement and illustrate local statistics in
the Profile, thematic mapping identifies the geographic distribution
of socio-demographic characteristics of Kingston. Population groups
have diverse needs and potential. Through knowing their locations,
services can be more effectively deployed. Effective and productive
community planning is inclusive, integrative and encompasses
multiple dimensions of community life.
Profile will be the first in a regular series of reports, published
as new data become available.
The Kingston Community Profile was written by
Nellie Chang, Alissa Golden, Melissa Shih,
Amanda Slaunwhite, Tara Tran of the Fall 2008 SURP Social
Planning Project Class. The Profile authors would like to express
our appreciation to David Jackson and John Osborne who provided
valuable input on our work, guidance throughout the project, and
helped organize the community consultation portion of the Profile.
Moreover, we would also like to thank Dr. John
Andrew and Dr. David Gordon for their organizational assistance and
comments, as well as Dr. Gerry Barber for his GIS expertise. In
addition, we would like to acknowledge the hard work of Calvin Chan
who led the GIS portion of the Profile, as well as the many students
that worked tirelessly on the Profile maps: Dorothy Belina, Adam
Bentley, Bryan Crosby, Bryan De George, Joscelin Higgins, Trevor
Illingworth, Devin Lake, Laura Maxwell, Andrew Morton, Krystan
Perepeluk, Will Plexman, Bart Ryan, Bramhanand Singh, Teresa Thomas
and Corey Wilson.
We would also like to thank Dearbhla Trainor of
Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty Ltd., and Richard Lau from the
Social Planning Network of Ontario for their assistance. We also
extend our thanks to Jeff Moon and Susan Greaves who helped us
navigate the resources available at the Queen’s University Library.
We would also like to express our appreciation to Kathy Sequin from
the Katarokwi Native Friendship Centre and Leela Viswanathan for
their guidance throughout the project, as well as Steven Godfrey,
Jenn Sandham and Michael Szilagyi for the use of their photographs.
* Profile Reference documents available from the Social Planning Council:
Profile Snapshots and the Kingston