Youthful Cities has created 7 unique indexes involving more than 75 cities from across the globe.
Primary and secondary data were collected from a number of sources. PIVOT Canada collected primary data by talking to key sources in person, by email, and by telephone. Secondary data collection was done largely through online research. Our sources include census reports, municipal offices and websites, non-governmental organizations, academic sources (e.g. journal articles, development indexes, and reports), and other online sources (e.g. crowdsourcing sites like expatistan.com). Data was collected between October 2020-April 2021 and reflects this time period specifically. COVID-related data was collected in November 2020 and consequently reflect the situation during that time.
Datapoint sources can be found on the PIVOT Hub. The additional indicator sources can be found by clicking the button below
Each city’s points were then translated into weighted scores based on the importance rankings determined for each category. Importance rankings came from the PIVOT Hub’s survey database, which asked 3000+ youth between the ages of 15-29 about the importance of the topics used in our index for youth. Below are the questions asked. Due to the fact that Income Generation is a topic created for this Indexes purposes with 4 out 8 indicators derived from the PIVOT Hub’s Cost of Living Indicators, the weighting for Cost of Living was utilized for it. The values listed are out of 10.
It is important to represent the local reality and experiences of youth in their cities. Pivot 2020 and Youthful Cities also acknowledges that Provincial governments set municipal boundaries. Most provinces have amalgamated cities over the past two decades, however British Columbia did not. For the Pivot Hub, Vancouver and Victoria were treated uniquely. Data was collected in all the municipalities that make up the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for each city but that data is represented separately in the Pivot Hub. To allow for better comparisons, the project also chose to merge the data from each CMA to form a data point for Metro Vancouver and Metro Victoria. The following rules were used to merge data and are noted in the Pivot Hub.
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*For the purposes of this report “Vancouver” encompasses Burnaby, City of Vancouver, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, West Vancouver, and White Rock.
*For the purposes of this report “Victoria” encompasses the City of Victoria, Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, and Saanich.
YouthfulCities is a social enterprise, and therefore we will publicly release the scoring but not the individual data points. Sources for each of the data points can be found on the PIVOT Hub. For indicators that were not collected by PIVOT sources can be found in appendix 1 below. If there is interest in the data points, please feel free to contact us. The data will be available for youth in order to encourage the use of the index for improving their cities. A small fee will be applied to this service for non-youth. A short explanation as to which data is requested and the data’s intended use will be part of the request process.
All scores were calculated within a Google sheet and human error is possible.