Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association & UBC Learning Exchange
The Mapping the Income Generation Continuum project sought to engage non-profit organizations and social enterprises around their provision of income-generating opportunities. The Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association (Urban Core) initiated the DTES Information Hub Survey project to (1) understand and map the income-generation continuum and (2) inform future strategic planning and advocacy decisions around improving labour force engagement among community members. This research study was undertaken in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange, and the Local Economic Development (LED) Lab, an initiative of Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU.
Twenty-seven DTES non-profit organizations and social enterprises were interviewed on their provision of income-generating opportunities. Participants were asked to outline the types of opportunities they provide, their recruitment and hiring practices, the benefits of income-generating opportunities to DTES community members, challenges and barriers to income-generation in the community, and their local procurement practices.