Demographics (from DTES implementation summary 2017-2018)
“Community Economic Development (CED) is action by people locally to create economic opportunities that improve social conditions, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged.”
Five basic principles of CED:*
CED definition courtesy the Canadian CED Network
The Livelihoods Continuum sees the economy as a non-linear spectrum of various income and employment opportunities. The Continuum reframes the concept of traditional employment, mostly seen as full-time, 9-5 job, and replaces our understanding with the idea that employment and income generation can happen in a multitude of ways, whether task-based, supported, irregular hours, survival work, and more.
Recognizing that many people have barriers to employment, whether housing instability, mental health, substance use, or other disabilities, the Livelihood Continuum recognizes and legitimizes various means of low-barrier income generation opportunities, and allows for a wide spectrum of meaningful employment.
There is no shortage of research in the DTES. Sometimes research can be helpful, especially when done respectfully in true collaboration with the community. But research can also hurt… Research can increase inequality, contribute to stigma, exploit peoples’ pain, exhaust community members and typically benefits researchers much more than it benefits the DTES.” Research 101: A Manifesto for Ethical Research in the Downtown Eastside is a set of guidelines “for university researchers (and other people coming from outside the DTES community) to treat communities like the DTES with the respect and dignity they deserve, and expect.”