Recent News

In early 2020, BC Healthy Communities identified food security and insecurity as a key concern for communities in light of COVID-19. In response, PlanH has launched a series of Rapid Action Resources that explore food security and insecurity issues from a Healthy Communities lens, offering ideas for local government action in this area. The first resource in this series, Community Food Production, is now available. 

A new report by BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Centre for Disease Control helps planners and health professionals create spaces for thriving and resilient communities.

 

Join colleagues from around the province for the launch of the PlanH Active Communities tool and an online discussion of emerging stories and ideas in adapting active communities in the time of COVID-19… and beyond.

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, our partners at the Ministry of Health have asked us to share the following message regarding food banks in B.C.:

We are asking government, businesses, corporations and individuals to please remember that at this time, food banks are an Essential Service.  If any of our food banks are forced to close their doors, vulnerable people in the community will have little access to food.

Communities across the province are releasing Vital Signs reports in recognition of Vital Signs Week 2019, which ran from September 30 to October 5. 

The Province of B.C. recognized 10 communities across the province as age-friendly, and announced renewed funding of $500,000 for age-friendly grants at the 2019 Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention. 

We're excited to announce the release of our Healthy Community Engagement Action Guide!

This guide is for local governments looking to incorporate equity-focused community engagement strategies in their public consultation processes.

Featuring community examples, resources, strategies and other useful information, this guide helps local governments plan their community input process to ensure the feedback they receive is meaningful and authentic.

The B.C. government announced Move.Commute.Connect., a comprehensive plan to promote active transportation across the province, with a specific goal of doubling the number of trips taken with active transportation by 2030.

Downtown Kamloops may soon need a new map. Following a very successful pilot of the 4th Avenue Pedestrian Plaza last summer, the city published the results of their comprehensive community engagement and outreach process, which gathered community feedback about the project. Funded in part by a PlanH Creating Healthy Places grant, the engagement process found that respondents are overwhelmingly in favour of a permanent plaza.

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