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Principal Research Partners

The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) is a non-profit organization with the mission of working with communities to build a just and healthy society for all. For nearly 60 years, SPARC BC has worked in partnership with individuals, organizations, and all levels of government to meet the social development needs of people and communities.

Our commitment to social justice, inclusion, integrity, and learning is reflected in our efforts to create the foundation for advancing the vision of a just and healthy society for all. This manifests in SPARC BC’s several areas of programming and service provision:

Parking Permit Program, Provincial Initiatives, Research and Consulting, Accessibility and Inclusion Initiatives and Consulting, Community Development Education, Fundraising and Charitable Programming

BC Social Services Sector Roundtable (SSSRT)

The development of this website and its content has been supported by the Province’s Social Services Sector Roundtable.  This group is composed of Ministers and senior executives from government ministries, such as the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, as well as numerous organizational representatives from the social services sector.

The purpose of the Social Services Sector Roundtable (SSSRT) is to provide a forum for Ministers, senior executives in government and social services sector representatives to:

  • Maintain good relations through on-going communications;
  • Discuss matters of importance within the sector;
  • Address issues in a coordinated and collaborative manner; and
  • Influence change in the social services sector to reflect the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, demonstrating support for true and lasting reconciliation.

This group has been instrumental in identifying the four thematic areas of knowledge development that have guided this research initiative. 

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SDPR) focuses on providing British Columbians in need with a system of supports to help them achieve their social and economic potential. As the Chairing organization for the SSSRT, SDPR works with SSSRT members to advance the sector’s priorities. 

SPARC BC thanks the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for its two-year, $1.5 million contribution to this research initiative, as part of the SSSRT’s ongoing work to improve social services for the province.