Mapping Deprivation for the Small City, Rural Context: a Kamloops–Thompson Case Study
Deprivation Indices are tools of value to social service agencies planning for the effective delivery of community social programs. Social and economic factors are aggregated and mapped to determine which areas are more deprived. Deprivation differs from poverty in that it is based on social conditions rather than income; to be deprived is to live below socially accepted standards of living. The geography of this study is defined by census dissemination areas within the Kamloops – Thompson School District 73. Reflecting on the Canadian small city and rural context, this study adapted deprivation index formulas from other indices in current literature. It is anticipated that this methodology will be transferable to other Canadian communities. The maps created are intended to support decision making on program delivery by local social service and sustainability groups. This study is an outcome of a research partnership comprised of university, community organizations, and government agencies.