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At SPARC BC, we’re committed to building a just and healthy society for all. For over 50 years, we have worked in partnership with individuals, organizations and all levels of government to meet the social development needs of people and communities to promote positive social policy change.

Committed to the values of social justice, inclusion, integrity and learning, our efforts focus on creating the foundation for advancing our vision of a just and healthy society for all. This includes evidence-based social policy research, targeted outreach and engagement as well as community development and capacity building.

Research Articles

Research Synthesis: Volunteerism in BC's Community Social Services Sector

Volunteerism is an essential component of British Columbia’s (BC) community social services (CSS) sector. It serves as a key support and enabler for CSS organizations contributing to community well-being. This report synthesizes findings and key insights on volunteerism from research conducted by the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) and its community research partners, with the aim of improving our understanding of and identifying opportunities for CSS sector strengthening...

Research Synthesis: Post-Secondary Linkage to BC’s Community Social Services Sector

The Community Social Services (CSS) sector in British Columbia (BC) provides a diverse array of essential services and supports to BC residents across various aspects of social development. As outlined in SPARC BC’s Dimensions of Community Social Service in British Columbia Report (2023), the sector encompasses non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations, as well as private contracted service providers, collectively offering a wide range of programs and initiatives, including...

Research Synthesis: Lived Experience, Peer Support and BC’s Community Social Services Sector

Peer support and outreach—enhanced by lived and living experiences—can have profound effects in the delivery of community social services (CSS). When those in need of support reach out, peer support workers can leverage shared experiences to listen without judgement, gain trust, and...

Research Synthesis: System Perspectives on the BC Community Social Services Sector

The Community Social Services (CSS) sector is composed of thousands of service providers spanning the entire province and multiple areas of service. This system provides the majority of social development services in BC.1 Despite the CSS sector’s scope and importance, questions and concerns about its sustainability have become apparent in recent years...

Dimensions of Community Social Service in British Columbia

The community social services sector provides an array of services and supports to people across British Columbia (BC). There are thousands of service providers across the provincei that help address, in part, the social development needs of BC residents, on a daily basis. These services may range from early years and family programming to help with dignified access to healthy food as well as housing security...