Welcome to SPARC BC

SPARC BC knows that communities are just and healthy when people have equitable access to places, knowledge, services, adequate incomes, and community decision-making processes. That is why SPARC BC is passionate about working with people on income security, accessibility, and community development; and on the connections between them.


As an independent, non-partisan, registered charity working with BC communities for 43 years, we are an excellent source of knowledge and expertise, and proudly operate the Parking Permit Program for People with Disabilities. If you are in search of community-based research, consulting services, or practical resources and workshops, then SPARC BC can help you.


From a systems level, to the grass roots, we are working for positive change!

Call for Nominations | Recognizing an Individual

Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017


logos: SPARC BC, Deryck Thomson Award
Click here for more information - Individuals
Call for Nominations | Recognizing an Organization

Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017


logos: SPARC BC, Deryck Thomson Award
Click here for more information - Organizations


Homelessness Action Week, October 9-15, 2016


Download HAW2016 Posters (PDF):

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SPARC BC Accessibility

and Enforcement Line

Within Metro Vancouver: 604-718-7744

Outside Metro Vancouver: 1-888-718-7794

or email us at permits@sparc.bc.ca

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Be part of the Community Social Planning Network


Working Together on Accessibility


Resources For Social Change!

Accessibility App - AXS Map

Vancouver-raised filmmaker Jason DaSilva promotes app for accessibility

Click here for Global News report

Metro Vancouver's Debtscape

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This report maps the changing ratios of income, debt and assets over the time period between 2007 and 2012 – at the neighbourhood level.

The study reaches beyond the mapping of data and also provides analysis of interviews with individuals that have lived through high levels of indebtedness. Concerned with the rate of individual borrowing across Metro Vancouver, the study also maps the spatial location of money lending businesses in relation to low income neighbourhoods.

Download the Report

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