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Vital Signs 2021

Statistics and stories that shine a light on important issues in our communities

Village of 100

What if Newfoundland and Labrador was made up of 100 people? Check out this infographic to see.


Check out this section to see charts and infographics about Newfoundland and Labrador’s retail sales, provincial government revenue, provincial government expenditures, housing starts, tourism, fishery, and more.

Reframing Diversification

Diversification has long been the golden ticket of resource dependent regions around the world. But for small regions like NL, it’s just not that easy.

The Future of Oil

The challenge for the NL offshore oil
production continues to be how to reduce emissions while maintaining a profitable industry.


Check out this section to see charts and infographics about Newfoundland and Labrador’s population by community size, food bank usage, household disposable income, inter-provincial migration, and more.

Moving Home

“I feel the pandemic has been a more
effective campaign to attract ex-pats than anything the provincial government has ever tried,” said Tessa DuBeau, originally from Eastport, NL.

A Day for Contemplation and Change

Indigenous groups across the
country called for Canadians to
forego the traditional red and
white colours of Canada Day and
wear orange instead.

NL Since Confederation

September 11, 2021 marked the 75 years since the first meeting of the Newfoundland National Convention. Check out this detailed timeline.

Climate, Economy, and Society

How is climate change impacting the environment, economy and society
in Newfoundland and Labrador? This section shows charts related to projected temperature change, thaw days in the North, and more.

Forecast NL

How can we recover from the impacts of the pandemic and create economic and social prosperity while mitigating and adapting to climate change?

Beyond Oil

The world has changed…oil demand has slowed, and ‘net zero’ goals for greenhouse gas emissions…are changing the energy landscape.

Changing NL

How can we properly communicate the urgent need for decisive action on climate change? Scientists, policymakers, and the media have been struggling with this challenge.

Green Jobs

There’s more to ‘green’ jobs than wind turbines and solar panels. Green jobs improve energy efficiency, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and support adaptation to climate change.

Changing Oceans

The ocean around us is changing, around the planet and more locally in Newfoundland and Labrador. The increasing temperatures that we see in the atmosphere are also happening in the ocean.

Lament for the Land

Being “out on the land” is an integral part of Inuit way of life. As a result, Inuit in Nunatsiavut, are both intimately aware of, and extensively affected by, any environmental changes in the land.

Health and Wellness

Check out this section to see charts and infographics about Newfoundland and Labrador’s health care and non-medical and social determinants.

Good Genes

A St. John’s-based company is studying the unique genetic makeup of NL to help speed up the development of more effective drugs.

The Next Wave?

From “Covid anxiety” to “Covid fatigue,” the global pandemic has affected mental health on a global scale. Practitioners across the province have taken notice.


Check out this section to see a detailed Newfoundland and Labrador COVID-19 timeline and other charts and graphics about what worried people, the struggling economy, and the silver lining.


COVID-19 brought the world to a halt, and with it, the dreams of many entrepreneurs. Local chef Alexandra Blagdon is one such businessperson who was hoping to open her own restaurant, The Alder Cottage, in Tors Cove.

About Us

Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada that measures the vitality of our communities and identifies significant trends in a range of areas critical to quality of life. Vital Signs is coordinated nationally by Community Foundations of Canada.

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