RECOMMENDED APPROACH TO DEVELOPING A CIVIC RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTRE –
APPLY AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY LENS TO ALL STAGES OF DECISION-MAKING
Equity Framework For Use Within A Civic Context
Four Types of Equity
Inclusive, accessible, authentic engagement and representation in the process to develop or implement programs or policies.
Decisions consider generational impacts and do not result in unfair burdens on future generations.
Programs and policies result in fair distributions of benefits and burdens across all segments of a community, prioritizing those with highest need.
Decision-makers institutionalize accountability; decisions are made with a recognition of the historical, cultural, and institutional dynamics and structures that have routinely advantaged privileged groups in society and resulted in chronic, cumulative disadvantage for subordinated groups.
Municipal Equity Lens And Scorecard Tools
1.Use data to unearth root causes of income and wealth disparity and systemic inequities.
2.Develop a city-wide picture of who is being left behind (underserved, underrepresented, marginalized / ignored) in order to:
- Inform policy of multiple
- Guide investment decisions (capital investments, operating budgets, procurement and grants)
- Distribute social services appropriately (defensible and therefore a smoother approval process)
3.Evaluate how existing policies and practices of local government can continue to perpetuate or begin to address neighbourhood and household level inequities by analyzing internal data such as:
- the allocation of city operating budgets and historical, current, and proposed capital investments;
- the distribution of City services and infrastructure,
- who is accessing civic buildings, services, programs and grants, and
- who is represented on city staff, council, and committees.
Social Benefits From Recreation And Physical Activity
Societal benefits extend well beyond physical health:
Psychological and social well-being
- Better cognition, brain development, mental health for children
Increased civic pride
- Community attachment, engagement and cohesion,
- Reduction in racism, bigotry, violence, crime
- Newcomers – a way to connect with their new community
Economic development and prosperity
- equalization benefits for low-income households
”Durable by design”
- more resilient and resistant to disease / chronic illness
Vastly improved early childhood developmental trajectories
Increased life expectancy overall
Reduced smoking rate for youth and adults
Global Best Practice (including BC Provincial directives) ask communities to incorporate an equity lens to “policies, programs, environments and practices in physical activity” in order to ensure truly universal access.
Benefits of more equitable and inclusive physical recreation are EXPONENTIAL for traditionally underserved populations who may feel “excluded” or experience barriers to access.
In Victoria, those folks are:
Women and girls
People of colour
persons with a disability
new Canadians – recent immigrants and refugees
members of the LGBTQ community
low income individuals and families
people with lower levels of formal education
Sport And Recreation Barriers And Strategies For:
- Cultural safety
- Anti-racism framework
- Traditional spaces – sweat lodge, elders lounge
- Knowledge transfer
- Reflection of values/ culture
- Equity hiring
- Community integration
- Familiarity, comfort