Past Projects

CDCD has a long history of working on community-based research and social planning. Here is a collection of past projects. Print versions can be made available by contacting us.

Election 2015

Questions for Candidates

CDCD wanted to help Durham residents stay informed about their candidates in the 2015 federal election. So we reached out to each candidate from the four major parties in each Durham Region riding. We asked each candidate the same four questions, and released their answers in the two weeks prior to the election. Browse our collection of answers!


LGBT Services

Service Competency for the LGBT Community

This report attempts to unpack the gaps and barriers within Durham Region’s services and resources for the LGBTQ community through an analysis of the data gathered from the Prideline Durham Online Survey. This report provides direction in developing best practices for improving the quality of positive spaces and services for the LGBTQ community.

Poverty in Durham

Giving Voice to Poverty in Durham

Beginning in 2009, the Community Development Council Durham set out to better understand poverty in the Region of Durham by moving beyond the available quantitative data and statistics to examine the qualitative experiences of those who live in poverty. The purpose of this project was to develop a local assessment of the experience of poverty in Durham in a way that could inform local policy and service practice while also contributing to provincial and federal dialogue on poverty amelioration and eradication.


Diverse Voices

Diverse Voices: Understanding Immigration

The CDCD in partnership with the Durham Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC), undertook community re-search, in the form of individual interviews, to find out about perceptions of and experiences with immigration by immigrants, non-immigrants and local social service delivery organizations.

Immigrant Services

Towards an Integrated Immigrant Service Delivery System in Durham Region

Integrated settlement service delivery may be very important in the initial stages of settlement, when a newcomer may be relying more on formal human services, but the delivery of these supports effectively at that stage also offers opportunity to help newcomers make connections and build bridges to other social networks that will facilitate the third stage of their settlement.A longer-term perspective on the settlement process emphasizes even further the importance of more coordinated or integrated support systems.


Needs Assessment

Enhancing the Social Planning and Research Capacity in North Durham and Clarington

This report provides a social profile of Durham’s rural communities using recent statistical information and GIS technology. It also summarizes the feedback gathered from focus groups and interviews conducted with local agencies and community members on the needs and expectations for social planning and research in North Durham and Clarington. The Needs Assessment revealed a number of organizational strengths, assets and opportunities for gathering information about community needs, collaboration and partnership development.

Ajax Pride House

Ajax Pride House is a temporary location offering a safe space for the LGBTQ community, newcomers, visitors, athletes, volunteers and allies to watch the Games, and celebrate sports and culture.

Point-in-Time Count 2017

Count Me In Durham is a Point-in-Time (PiT) Count that will provide an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in Durham region.

Living Wage Study

CDCD is embarking on a living wage calculation, to see what Durham families need to meet their basic needs. We will be visiting communities around the region talking to families and experts about how to raise wages for working people in all sectors.

Discover Your Durham Newcomer Bus Tour

The Discover Your Durham Newcomer Bus tour was a way for newcomers to become familiar with their community, while celebrating our heritage through Canada 150 activities.

Housing and Homelessness Data Collection

In 2014/2015, CDCD took an in-depth look at housing and homelessness data to create a general baseline on homelessness in Durham Region.

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Bilenduke

(905) 686-2661 x117