How do we ensure equitable access to opportunities for physical activity in our communities? Join BC Healthy Communities for a live province-wide webinar featuring thought leaders and innovators in conversation about the planning and policy approaches communities can use to ensure healthy communities for all.
Do you have ideas to improve the health and wellness of your community? If you represent a First Nations Band, First Nations Tribal Council, Métis Chartered Community, or Friendship Centre, this grant could be for you.
Healthy communities support all stages of life. In partnership with the Union of BC Municipalities, the Province has announced $500,000 in funding to support local governments in age-friendly planning.
Local governments: Are you looking for a way to demonstrate your community's commitment to children and youth? Applications to host the next Cities Fit for Children Summit are now open.
The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition (OSHLC), with help from the BC Healthy Communities team through the PlanH program, recently completed a transformative strategic planning process that empowered the OSHLC to refocus its priorities to work on issues most important to those in the region.
Tools & Resources
This guide is for local governments of rural and urban communities across British Columbia who want to create active, healthy and thriving places for all people. While age and genetics have some impact, it is primarily the physical and socio-economic environments in which we live, learn, work and play that determine if, and how often, we are physically active. The Active Communities Action Guide offers ideas and resources for local governments to develop more opportunities for their communities to be active in their daily lives. The guide includes information on the co-benefits of physical activity, actions and examples from BC communities, opportunities for funding, a list of other resources, and a summary checklist that local governments can use to evaluate their physical activity strategy and next steps forward.
Each Regional Health Authority across BC uses a slightly different approach for healthy communities work. Read more about how each Regional Health Authority works alongside local governments to build healthy communities, including a breakdown of the process, a case study, and information on how to collaborate with your health authority to achieve your community's health and well-being goals.
New Westminster, a community of 70,000 in Metro Vancouver, is a leader in social justice and equity. In 2011, they became the first city in Canada to adopt a living wage policy. In 2016, they formally adopted a Community Poverty Reduction Strategy, and over the next few years, as part of their Envision 2032 process, they will work towards creating a social equity policy.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) serves 25% of British Columbia’s population, or over 1 million people, across Greater Vancouver and the Coast Garibaldi area. Its coverage area spans urban settings like Vancouver and Richmond, as well as rural communities on the central coast like Bella Bella, and includes 14 First Nations communities.
Northern Health (NH) delivers health services across the entire northern two-thirds of British Columbia, spanning urban and rural communities from Atlin to Haida Gwaii to Valemount. Despite the vastness of their coverage area, NH is committed to partnering with local governments across northern BC to support them in working with their unique capacities and strengths as they build healthier communities.