Community Social Services Sector Knowledge Hub

The community social services sector provides an array of services and supports to people across British Columbia (BC). 

This research initiative involved 14 community-based and Indigenous research partners

What are community social services?

Community social services may range from early years and family programming to help with dignified access to healthy food as well as housing security. Service providers include non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations as well as private contracted service providers located in communities all around the province. Examples of service areas can include (but are not exclusive to):

Children and youth, women, families, seniors, newcomers and immigrants, housing, food security, accessibility and inclusion for those with diverse mental and/or physical abilities, Indigenous peoples, employment, and more.

Research Themes

The information shared on this website provides insights into the community social services sector in BC.  Evidence and knowledge have been derived from eight community-based research projects, three Indigenous-led research projects, and ten research and knowledge translation projects carried out by SPARC BC. 

These projects inform our understanding of four key thematic areas of community social service in BC:

(The views and perspectives expressed in the content of this site do not necessarily reflect those of the Social Services Sector Roundtable or the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)


Post-Secondary Linkage

Lived/Living Experience

System Perspectives

Community Social Services Map

SPARC BC’s interactive map of the community social services sector is a powerful tool for visualizing service distribution, key demographics, and other indicators