Abbotsford Vital Signs report to be released

Survey focuses on social and economic trends in the city

The results of an online survey will be compiled into the second Abbotsford Vital Signs Report, produced by the Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) in partnership with the Abbotsford News.

Abbotsford residents were encouraged to take part in an online survey that is used to compile data on social and economic trends in the city.

Last year’s report highlighted the ongoing struggle of low-income families and youth in the community.

The report found a disparity between the annual living wage for a family of four with two parents working in the Fraser Valley of $59,569 and the amount two parents working full-time earning the minimum wage would make, which is $37,310.

Respondents were also asked about the most important issues facing Abbotsford today, with 18 per cent stating cost of living, 17 per cent citing employment opportunities, 10 per cent listing homelessness.

When asked about the best thing about Abbotsford, 25 per cent said the natural environment, followed by sense of community with 16 per cent.

The results of this year’s survey will be published in the Oct. 8 edition of the Abbotsford News.