Being able to successfully work with information from multiple sources and in multiple formats is a core requirement for the initiative.
As such, all original research generated by the Lab will be made publicly available via our website, shared in multiple forms and formats, and co-owned by community.
Select a publication below:
VANCOUVER URBAN CORE COMMUNITY WORKERS ASSOCIATION & UBC LEARNING EXCHANGE
The Mapping the Income Generation Continuum project sought to engage non-profit organizations and social enterprises around their provision of income-generating opportunities. The Vancouver Urban Core Community Workers Association (Urban Core) initiated the DTES Information Hub Survey project to (1) understand and map the income-generation continuum and (2) inform future strategic planning and advocacy decisions around improving labour force engagement among community members. This research study was undertaken in partnership with the UBC Learning Exchange, and the Local Economic Development (LED) Lab, an initiative of Ecotrust Canada and RADIUS SFU.
Twenty-seven DTES non-profit organizations and social enterprises were interviewed on their provision of income-generating opportunities. Participants were asked to outline the types of opportunities they provide, their recruitment and hiring practices, the benefits of income-generating opportunities to DTES community members, challenges and barriers to income-generation in the community, and their local procurement practices.
REFRAMING THE INFORMAL ECONOMY
LEDlab student Priyanka Roy (2015-2016) reflects on the LEDlab case studies in this final project paper for her Master of Science (Planning) degree fulfillment.
WORKING TO LIVE: ECONOMIC SECURITY THROUGH POLICY INNOVATION IN VANCOUVER’S DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE
Andreas Pilarinos draws upon his work with the lab to inform his thesis exploring economic security.
Economic insecurity has been a persistent policy problem in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Expert interviews with 33 high-level representatives from non-profit organizations and social enterprises in the DTES and a literature review were used to understand the context and factors contributing to economic insecurity. Key identified barriers include: earning limits and high income taxes; a lack of access to supportive, low-threshold employment; and insufficient supports. These findings informed the development of five policy options that were assessed with respect to effectiveness, budgetary cost to government, stakeholder acceptability, and implementation complexity. Based on this analysis, promising approaches to improve economic security in the DTES of Vancouver include introducing a 30% income tax on earnings above social assistance exemption limits; facilitating investment in enterprises that provide low-threshold opportunities; and, providing low-barrier employment supports including skills and work readiness training, on- and off-job supports, and other community-centred supportive employment services.