Resources for Small, Rural and Remote Communities

Now Available: Resources tailored to the rural community context!

This resource portal is a response to the unique opportunities, challenges, and approaches to fostering health and well-being in small, rural and remote communities in BC. The portal offers resources related to PlanH action areas with a rural lens.

To find a general listing of resources visit our Resources section.
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The Rural Context

There are over 110 cities, towns, municipalities and villages in BC and of those, over 75% are small, rural or remote communities of less than 30,000 people.i A healthy community approach takes resources and leadership. This can be challenging in small and remote communities where there are fewer organizations, resources and volunteers to do the work. There is often no organization to lead on new or emerging issues like food security or support for seniors at home, and yet the need is often there.

On the positive side, there are many tools and examples of rural success and innovation. Many of these examples are stories of collaborating across sectors, and all of them illustrate “can do” attitudes and creativity to improve well-being.

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Focus Areas

Resources are organized by the same Take Action Areas as the rest of the PlanH site (Healthy Society, Healthy People, Healthy Environment), for ease of searching.

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If you find the portal useful, or if you are looking for something specific, we would love to hear from you in the next year as we continue to build out the resources. Contact us here.

 

The Kootenay Smoke Free Coalition supports communities in creating tobacco reduction bylaws through a streamlined process supported by the best research available.

The Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) is a non-partisan, charitable organization with a focus on accessibility, community development, income security and social planning.  This link takes you to their Social Inclusion Toolkits and Manuals.

- Social Planning and Research Council of BC

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) achieved a milestone in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection Program with Corporate Emissions and Community Energy Emissions Plans, and took a unified approach to sustainability.

This online guide provides resources for educators, including lesson plans linked to BC Curriculum Prescribed Learning Outcomes addressing the themes of air quality, health, and community engagement.
– Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) 

A report that focuses on regional planning and the relevance of parks and greenspace.
– Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

This strategy takes a policy and environmental approach to encouraging healthy eating and physical activity in Nova Scotia.  

- Province of Nova Scotia

For rural residents without a private vehicle, access to services is a significant barrier and an impediment to being active members of society.  This resource describes the models and building blocks required for a co-ordinated approach in your community. - Rural Ontario Institute 

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The City of Enderby and the Splatsin Nation engaged in a joint transportation planning process that will benefit generations to come.

Months of preparation had led up to this day, but City of Enderby Assistant Corporate Officer and Planning Assistant Kurt Inglis could not predict what would happen.

A variety of research papers and tested resources can be found on this website covering topics from resource towns in transition to rural age friendly needs assessments, communication strategies and youth/seniors inclusion resources.  

-  University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

This link to the University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute takes you to Housing related papers: from a review of Cottage Country housing issues in Norman Lake, to an Economic Development Framework for Interpreting Housing Markets in Small Towns in Canada.

- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

Food insecurity is the inadequate or insufficient access to food due to financial constraints.

It is a concept closely linked to household income – the lower the household income, the higher the risk of food insecurity. As there are physical, mental, and social consequences, food insecurity is not only an indicator of the economic well-being of both adults and children, it is also a direct social determinant of health. 

Find out what people across the province of British Columbia think about the place they call home.

Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Vital Signs is their first provincial report, produced in partnership with Community Foundations across British Columbia. The Foundation was curious to learn about any regional differences in citizen experiences, and find ways to support other Community Foundations to collect data about their local communities.

Social cohesion is (the level of belonging and connectedness in a community) is a major indicator of community health.  This resource gives examples of policy action local governments can take to increase rates of social cohesion.

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When Valemount residents go for a stroll, they’re not just stretching their legs. They intend to walk all around the world. The Village of Valemount Healthier Communities Committee is championing the “Valemount Walks Around the World” initiative to foster an on-the-ground approach to improve health and well-being in the community.

Over 500 people in the Clayoquot Sound took the Vital Signs survey thanks to leadership from their community foundation. The result provides a data-driven picture of the region’s health and a tool for decision-making.

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