• Revelstoke Community Social Development
Jul 242019

Vibrant Revelstoke – Affordability for All

While there are many opportunities in Revelstoke, affordability issues are impacting an increasing number of residents. To tackle this complex challenge, in 2019 we launched a Collective Impact initiative, building on Revelstoke’s strong history of collaboration. Want to get involved? Sign up to receive email updates or join one of our action teams! What did we talk about? Read the report.

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Jul 242019

Poverty Reduction

In 2012, we produced the Revelstoke Poverty Reduction Strategy –  a detailed analysis of the true cost of living in Revelstoke, how poverty impacts the local economy, and what we could do about it. In September 2013, we produced an Action Plan and a local Poverty Reduction Working Group was struck. For the past number of years, implementation of the strategy has been a top priority.    Check out our project summary (to Feb 2020).

In June 2019, the working group voted unanimously to spearhead and transition to ‘Vibrant Revelstoke – Affordability for All’ – a Collective Impact Initiative that will expand and deepen the work (see above).

Past working group projects included:

In the spring of 2014, Revelstoke City Council endorsed the national Poverty Reduction Charter. In the fall of 2014, the Revelstoke Times Review published a series of articles on poverty reduction, each linked to a community goal in our strategy.

Measuring poverty is critical to moving forward. The State of Poverty in Revelstoke Report was completed in February 2018 in partnership with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute.

Our Financial Literacy project developed many resources – check out our website!

In order to keep tabs on the local cost of living, we’ve been calculating Revelstoke’s ‘living wage’ for years. A UBCO Research Project completed in 2016 gave us an Analysis of a Living Wage for Revelstoke BC: Economic Impact Assessment Report.  In 2019, we updated our calculations to $18.90/hr.

Revy Vibes video showcases what makes Revelstoke a ‘vibrant community’.

Jul 242019


The Revelstoke Youth Advisory Committee is a Committee of City Council and oversee the work plan of Revelstoke’s Youth Liaison. Interested in supporting youth?   Contact  info@stokeyouthnetwork.ca. or check out the Stoke Youth Network on Facebook.

Click here for The Revelstoke Youth Action Plan Update (February 2014).

The Revelstoke Youth Drug Survey covers a wide range of topics from personal substance use to how much RSS students know or have experienced about harms related to drugs and alcohol. Click here to read the final report. 2009 results2013 results. 2017 results. Check out the comparative Youth Drug Survey Infographics: Alcohol. Tobacco. Marijuana. Risk. New this year – Vaping.

Jul 242019


In May 2012, the BC Ministry of Health released a video highlighting elements of an age-friendly community based on actions taken in six communities:  Lumby, Revelstoke, Saanich, Sechelt, Abbotsford, Richmond, Vancouver and the North Shore.  Click here to watch the video.

Click here to view Revelstoke’s Age-Friendly Community Action Summary. Jan 2020 Summary

Jul 242019


Revelstoke Settlement Services – a free service to assist new immigrants to meet their settlement needs. Contact jpratt@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-837-4235 ext. 6502. Located at Okanagan College, 1401 First Street West.

Check out revelstokelife.ca – Revelstoke’s new online health and social services directory. Download the Revelstoke Newcomers Guide 2016. Continue reading for Diversity Newsletters! Continue Reading →