Applied Social Innovation
Urban Matters CCC was created to deliver upon Applied Social Innovation; working with communities to bring real solutions to life in the social serving sector in a sustainable way.
Our team works with social entrepreneurs, governments and socially-conscious business leaders to introduce and scale social innovation in communities. We combine 40+ years of community development experience with social planning and social finance methodologies to achieve results. Change is hard — we can help.
Reframe Housing Competition
We know that there are dozens of brilliant solutions out there, developed in communities and by communities far and wide. We want to help you and your organization bring these housing innovations to scale, and help you get more people into homes. This is an opportunity to grow your impact in community and share with others across the country as we are all grappling with the challenges of creating affordable homes for everyone.
To help get you there, BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) and Urban Matters CCC have partnered to launch Reframe Housing. A housing competition to help nurture innovations in community housing, from light bulb ideas to established housing ventures, from across Western Canada and the Territories. Check out contest details here to see if your idea could be a winner!
I recently had the great honour of taking part in the fifth Walk in Balance Reconciliation and Healing conference in Fort St. John. Many of our Northern communities came together for this gathering - members of each local Treaty 8 Nation participated, support staff...read more
Developing Physical Infrastructure With Social Outcomes In Mind Physical infrastructure has always been created to achieve a social outcome, a measurable improvement to the quality of life of the people it is being created to serve. From clean drinking water systems,...read more
Most people would likely guess that universal accessibility is not today’s reality – but most people wouldn’t have a grasp on the magnitude of the issue. Things are set up for the able-bodied majority (or TABs in Stan’s parlance, the Temporarily Able Bodied), its...read more
what we’re working on
Pender Harbour Health Centre Needs Assessment
Urban Matters CCC in 2017 to 2018 supported the Pender Harbour Health Centre in completing a needs assessment to identify and assess opportunities for expansion of health services in Pender Harbour. The needs assessment process was engagement-oriented, including over 25 interviews with key stakeholders, as well as an open house component.
OGO Car Share Co-Op
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurship Workshops
In 2016 Urban Matters CCC conducted workshops in indigenous communities in Saskatchewan to test an “in-reach” approach to training and capacity building. Urban Matters CCC developed the concept in partnership with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan, and all supported prototyping activities with workshops in Indigenous communities.
Between 2015 and 2017 Urban Matters CCC partnered with Andrew Greer (then of Accelerate Okanagan, a tech accelerator) to support the development and launch of Purppl (PURposeful PeoPLe, www.purppl.com), a social enterprise accelerator. Urban Matters CCC provided early seed funding, mentorship, facilities and equipment, credibility, as well as access to the Urban’s network of potential clients in municipalities and NGOs.
City of Vancouver Homeless Count
Urban Matters CCC in 2018 participated in panning and delivering the 2018 Vancouver Homeless Count, alongside many other partners. Urban Matters has supported survey development, survey planning and coordination, and is leading data analysis and report development.
Universal Access Design
City of Richmond Homelessness Strategy Update
Along with BC Non-Profit Housing Association Urban Matters CCC is working with the City of Richmond to update their Homelessness Strategy. The stakeholder focused – co-creation project will focus on gap analyses, best practices reviews and finally strategy development.