About SPARC BC

The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) is a non-partisan, charitable organization that was established in 1966. SPARC BC focuses on social justice issues and works together with communities on:

  • Accessibility
  • Community Development
  • Income Security
  • Social Planning

Our core priorities include:

  • Research on community social issues
  • Public Education

Our Networks and Relationships:

  • CSPN (Community Social Planning Network)
  • BC CAN (BC Community Accessibility Network)

Our Mission & Values

Mission

The Social Planning and Research Council of B.C. works with communities in building a just and healthy society for all.
The definition of “just and healthy” as adopted by the Board of Directors includes four principles:
Equity: The recognition that some individuals or groups require more or less than others to flourish, and that some individuals or groups are capable of contributing more to address deficiencies and promote fairness of distribution.
Social Inclusion: The recognition that both the rights and the opportunity to participate in and enjoy all aspects of human life enables individuals and communities to celebrate their diversity, and recognize and act on their responsibilities.
Security: The recognition that individuals and communities flourish when they have confidence in their surroundings as safe, supportive and stable environments.
Adaptability: The recognition that sustainability requires resilience for both individuals and communities, and the ability to respond creatively to change.

Values

SPARC BC works to reflect its internal values and its mission in all of its advocacy, public education and research work.
Social Justice: We strive for a just and healthy society in which social, economic, environmental well-being are indivisible, through advocating for equality, fairness and dignity for all.
Inclusion: We are committed to achieving access and the full participation and engagement of all in our diverse society by fostering communication, leadership, partnership, and collaboration.
Integrity: We are independent, accountable, and non-partisan.
Learning: We seek, develop and share knowledge and understanding which encourages citizen participation and informs innovative, effective planning and decision-making.