Urban Matters CCC helps communities deliver tangible solutions so that people can live happier and healthier lives.
Our team works with governments, social entrepreneurs, and socially-conscious business leaders to identify, introduce, and scale innovations in communities that address complex social issues.
We combine 40+ years of community development experience with social planning and social finance methodologies to achieve results.
Change is hard — we can help.
what we’re working on
Community-led Responses to the Opioid Crisis in Fort St. John
Over the past year, Urban Matters has worked with the Fort St. John Community Action Team and Healthy Fort St. John (FSJ) to develop collaborative, community-led responses to the opioid crisis in Fort St. John and the surrounding areas of Northeast BC.
Some of the activities and initiatives include dialogue panels, information pop up booths, “feast and learns” with First Nation communities, documentary screenings, and school presentations.
We are collaboratively building toward activities for the FSJ Overdose Awareness week that aligns with International Overdose Awareness day in August. We are proud to be a member of the FSJ Community Action team and are proud of the way Fort St. John and surrounding communities have banded together for the health and safety of local residents.
To learn more about this work, visit www.healthyfsj.ca
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
OGO, or the Okanagan Car Share Co-Operative, is a car sharing service based in Kelowna, BC. Launched in 2013, Urban Matters CCC ‘cut its teeth’ in social venture development and incubation with OGO, supporting its early development by creatively getting its very first vehicle on the road and successively negotiating with other public vehicle fleets in the Community to further develop the vehicle inventory. OGO has grown from 2 cars and 35 members in 2013, to 13 vehicles and over 450 members today. We were most recently involved with its successful merger with Modo CarShare (out of Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo) to effectively scale its impact. In addition to these highlights, we supported OGO throughout its development with office space, network access and governance support.
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
In 2017 Urban Matters CCC partnered with Stan Leyenhorst (formerly of the Rick Hansen Foundation) to support the development of Universal Access Design Inc. (www.uadi.ca), an accessibility consulting and education social venture. Aspiring toward ‘Access for Everyone, Everywhere, All the Time’ Urban Matters CCC provided early stage financial support, mentorship, social venture development expertise, network access and development building, partnership on funded projects together and some early sales development through Urban’s deep connectivity in sectors related to the built environment.
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.