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New Westminster Community Profile

Children participate in Read and Run at New Westminster's Qayqiyt Elementary school.
Children participate in Read and Run at New Westminster’s Qayqiyt Elementary school.

Western Canada’s oldest city is a city of contrasts. New Westminster has the second highest median family income in Metro Vancouver yet shares the highest unemployment rate as compared to neighbouring municipalities.

The comprehensive community profile brekas down population, economic and social statistics in six New Westminster neighbourhoods: Connaught Heights; Downtown-Stewardson; Queens Park; Queensborough; Sapperton; and Uptown.

The profile includes information on:

  • population (demographics, growth trends, languages spoken
  • economic factors (income, unemployement rates, education, housing)
  • social factors (homelessness, family structure, childhood vulnerability, causes of death)
  • data on calls handled by bc211, the 24/7 multilingual social service help line that United Way funds

 

Neighbourhood-specific research like this helps not only United Way, but also helps municipalities, school districts and other social service organizations plan for the future. In 2015, United Way invested $550,000 dollars in New Westminster funding 37 organizations that deliver 44 programs and services to residents. Programs and services supported by United Way include early childhood development, after-school programs, senior support, refugee support, and food security.

Read the report here.