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The work of the Forge is supported by high-quality research conducted by the CDI of UNBC. The research is conducted in collaboration with community partners and facilitates informed decision-making that helps policy and decision makers develop and implement plans and strategies for economic and community development. Further, The Forge assists communities in monitoring and evaluating progress toward their goals.

To build an understanding of the assets, opportunities, and challenges in Fort St. John, a first step is to complete a profile of the community. By highlighting demographic and socio-economic trends, the community profile can provide insights into the dynamics of the population and local economy. The community profile can also be used as a baseline and reference point for future planning initiatives.
Purpose of the Fort St. John Community Indicators Program
The Community Indicators Program (CIP) is a monitoring tool that was produced by the Community Development Institute (CDI) of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) to track topics linked to the vision, principles, and strategic goals of the City of Fort St. John. In addition to assisting the City of Fort St. John with community planning and decision-making, it may also assist in developing future performance indicators. The CIP is also expected to be a valuable resource for the community. Through data collection and reporting, the CIP aims to encourage community discussion and collective action on pressing local issues. For the CDI, the CIP will inform an update of the Community Profile of Fort St. John (Phase 2), and will be useful in the preparation of the Social Framework for Fort St. John.
During the fall of 2018, a survey to residents of Fort St. John was administered by the University of Northern British Columbia’s Community Development Institute. The purpose of the survey was to support decision-making on community investments aimed at improving the quality of life in the city. This was achieved by asking survey respondents questions about their satisfaction with a range of topics. The findings will also help guide the development of a social framework and economic framework for the City. A total of 1,020 surveys were completed, and the survey respondents provided information under the following topics: economy, education, services, community engagement, environment, facilities and services, and community change.
This Report contains the results of an Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan (AFAAP) project that was carried out in Fort St. John from September to November 2018. It fulfills a strategy set out in the Official Community Plan for the city of Fort St. John in 2018. The Report follows the framework set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2007 Global Age-friendly Cities Guide. As a result, the assessment is organized according to the eight dimensions of the WHO age-friendly communities, and an analysis is made in each dimension of Fort St. John’s age-friendly "assets" and "barriers."
The online Fort St. John Community Program and Service Inventory Survey was a part of the work being undertaken in Fort St. John by the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Community Development Institute (CDI) via The Forge. The aim of the program and service inventory was to compile a comprehensive list of available programs and services and create an opportunity to identify possible gaps and overlaps. In combination with the community profile, this information can help service providers determine community needs and allocate resources effectively.
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