Social Policy Framework

hands_104210In March of 2013 Board Voice began advocating for the province to undertake a BC wide public discussion about how we want to treat our children, our seniors, people with disabilities, new immigrants.Indeed, how do we all want to be treated so we can live our lives to the fullest.

A Social Policy Framework would set out a vision, measurable objectives and strategies for coordination across relevant ministries, sectors, government, non-profits and the corporate world.

It would live alongside the economic development plan, helping guide and improve social prosperity for all British Columbians.

Vancouver area Board Voice members applied for a Community Boards in Action grant to bring together five of Metro Vancouver’s largest social service agencies to begin this discussion.

Supporting Documents

There is a Better Way, the declaration drafted by five Vancouver area Community Social Service organizations in June 2013.

SPF Statement on Letterhead

The list of organizations calling for a discussion to begin creating a Social Policy Framework

Organizations Calling for SPF Oct 2014

What is a Social Policy Framework: Questions & Answers:

Social Policy Framework Q&A 8 July 14

The SFU School of Public Policy report, Making the Case: A Social Policy Framework for British Columbia


Here is the 2nd SFU School of Public Policy report, Building the Case for an Explicit Social Policy Framework in British Columbia.

BC Priorities_BoardVoice_Building the Case

The City of Vancouver’s Healthy City Strategy, an example of a SPF at the municipal level.

Vancouvers Healthy City Strategy


Presentation to Duncan City Council Jan 2014: PowerPoint and Briefing note:

Board Voice Delegation Duncan City Council- PowerPoint

Briefing Note Duncan City Council – Board Voice

Duncan AVICC Resolution – Social Policy Framework copy

Backgrounder on the Need for a Social Policy Framework in B C 20 march 2014

KPMG survey of international efforts at integration of human and social service delivery:

KPMG report on integration-imperative

A PowerPoint presentation looking at the components of the Alberta Social Policy Framework:

Alberta SPF presentation

A verbal presentation given to the Vancouver Board of Trade

Vancouver BoT talking points

Federation of Community Social Services paper on Social Policy frameworks in other Canadian jurisdictions.

Social Policy Frameworks in Canada Disc Paper Sept2011

Social Policy in BC Briefing Note July 2013

Briefing Note Social Policy Framework for BC July 2013

Media Coverage of the Social Policy Discussion

SFU Report on CBC Radio Early Edition

Prince George Council endorses Call for SPF 

Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun August 15, 2014

Opinion_ Social service agencies call for policy framework

Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun July 4, 2013

Van Sun Social policy framework would improve 4 July 13

Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun May 8, 2013

VanSun Social policy framework needed for BC 8 May 13