Our Mission

The SPCO uses local evidence to encourage coordinated action to address poverty and marginalization throughout Oxford County.

Our Vision

Wellbeing for every resident of Oxford County.

Our Values

Respectful collaboration.
Excellence in the quality of our work.
Inclusive community engagement.
Increased community capacity and resilience.

Social Planning

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Job Posting February 16, 2018

Social Planning Council Oxford Job Posting February 16, 2018


RESPONSIBLE TO: Social Planning Council Oxford Board

APPY BY: March 9, 2018


The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for implementing the vision, mission, policies and strategic plans established by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is primarily concerned with initiating and deciding on matters of planning, organization, staffing, co-ordination and evaluation of the Social Planning Council. The Executive Director incorporates best practices in all areas of work, integrating the values and working principles of the organization. She/he assists and advises the Board of Directors in developing policies and programs to address the present and future issues of concern in Oxford County.

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If you feel you are an ideal candidate for this exciting opportunity, you may forward a resume and covering letter to the Selection Team, Social Planning Council Oxford, c.verbakel@spcoxford.ca Apply by March 9, 2018 PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAIL INQUIRIES – thank you.

Fact Sheet on Predatory Lending

The Social Planning Council – Oxford is committed to providing the citizens of Oxford County information and education to improve the wellbeing of all members of our community, as in this case, about income inequality. Alternative financial institutions, often called payday loans, engage in predatory lending practices. This report is designed to provide information about predatory lending and the effects of alternative financial institutions on vulnerable populations in Oxford County.

The full report can be accessed here:

Fact Sheet on Predatory Lending

Living Wage Campaign 2017

A Living Wage is Not Minimum Wage

A living wage is not the same as the minimum wage, which is the legal minimum all employers must pay. The living wage reflects what earners need to have a basic but acceptable standard of living, based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. The living wage is calculated as the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once government transfers have been added to the family’s income and deductions have been subtracted.

The full report can be accessed here:

Living Wage Campaign 2017

Living Wage Report Dec. 2017

Wellbeing Defined

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing defines wellbeing as “the presence of the highest possibility of quality of life in its full breadth of expression focused on but not necessarily exclusive to: good living standards, robust health, a sustainable environment, vital communities, an educated populace, balanced time use, high levels of democratic participation, and access to and participation in leisure and culture” – (Canadian Index of Wellbeing, 2016).

The full report can be accessed here:

Living Wage Report Dec. 2017

Youth Voice Report: Mental Health & Suicide

Released in September 2016 by the Social Planning Council Oxford, and funded partly by the Time 2 Change Minds (T2CM) Fund through the Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford County Branch and Woodstock Hospital. The Youth Voice Report: Mental Health & Suicide thematically outlines the issues that have come to the surface in the ways suicide, mental health, and related topics are confronted by our youth. The full report can be accessed here:

Youth Voice Report: Mental Health & Suicide

A summary fact sheet of this report can be found below:


Challenging the myths: Refugees in Canada
What is myth and what is fact? Our new publication separates it out for you: Challenging the myths: Refugees in Canada
Food for Change
Have you ever wondered why Food Banks, created as a temporary measure, are still going strong today? Simply put, because while they put food in bellies, they do not eliminate food insecurity (otherwise known as lack of adequate access to healthy, culturally appropriate, affordable food). How can we move the mark from charity to dignity? Our new publication, Food for Change: From Charity to Dignity, gives some ideas.
Oxford County is ready for change. There are many groups working towards making the shift from charity to dignity. Will you join us?
Social Planning Council Oxford

447 Hunter Street Woodstock, ON Canada N4S 4G7 phone: (519) 602-2421 email: info@spcoxford.ca

About Us

The goal of the Social Planning Council Oxford is to bring people together to actively participate in social development to improve the quality of life of Oxford County residents.


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