Community Social Need Statistics
- One in five of us will experience a mental illness or substance use problem at some point in our lifetime.
- Loss of productivity at work due to substance use problems has been estimated at over $24 billion a year in Canada.
- 97,369 people used BC Food Banks in 2013. 31% percent of clients were children.
- Food Bank use has increased 24% in BC since 2008.
- Spousal violence costs society at least $7.4 billion annually, from legal bills emergency-room visits to security systems and moving expenses incurred to escape harassment and assault.
- It’s estimated 336,000 Canadians in 2009 were victims of some form of violence from their spouse.
- It’s estimated 2 out of 3 British Columbians will access social services at some point in their lives
- The 140 member agencies at the BC Federation of Social Services alone employ over 10,000 staff contractors and volunteers and help more than 320,000 people annually.
(sources: HeretoHelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information; Hunger Count 2014; Justice Canada; The Federation of Community Social Services of BC )
In the Columbia Basin
- Columbia Basin Populations (2011 Census) 161, 741
- Average household income $36,633, 11% below national average
- 16.3% of students do not complete high school
- 21% say they don’t have money for extras after paying for necessities
- 4175 Basin residents accessed a food bank in just one month (March 2012)
(source: RDI State of the Basin)