VictoriaNeeds.LGBT / VARCS Legacy

The VictoriaNeeds survey took place in July 2015 to determine the needs, desires,and support for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre inVictoria, BC. The survey received 482 responses, 82% of which were identified as from Greater Victoria.

  • Over 84% of participants responded that there is a need for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre in Victoria.
  • Space Priorities: large flexible space and health clinic were clear priorities across age groups and identities.
  • Programming Priorities: social events, health, and advocacy were clear priorities across age groups and identities, though the degree and order did show differences in needs for the various identities.
  • Gender inclusivity, centring of marginalized identities, a conscious political nature, and intentional safer spaces practices were all identified as important factors in making the space accessible and welcoming.
  • Individual Support: almost 50% of respondents report they will attend an initial community meeting and 46% report that they will volunteer their time.

Download and read the VictoriaNeeds survey report Report Final [pdf]

Survey and Report by Andrew Shopland –



Victoria is on unceded Indigenous territories. We give our respect to the Coast Salish Nation, specifically the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the initial conversations, those who provided feedback on developing the survey, everyone who helped disseminate the survey, and to all those who took the time to share their voice.

For more information visit:

Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
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