Recent News

We are pleased to present our second PlanH short video.  This time we’re highlighting the important work being done by the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC).  They engage the entire community around social, environmental and economic issues through food security programs, policies and partnerships. The KFPC was one of the very first food policy councils in Canada and boasts an impressive roster of programs, including community gardens, Farm to School BC, the Gleaning Abundance Project, and community kitchens.

How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities? Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and leadership cohort called ‘Growing Impact’. The process is facilitated by BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) on behalf of the PlanH program.

We are pleased to present another new PlanH short video.  This time we’re highlighting the important work being done around the Collaborative School Travel Planning initiative in the Comox Valley.

We are pleased to announce the release of the first PlanH short video in a series of five.  This video celebrates the accomplishments of Granisle, a small northern BC community that serves as a vivid demonstration of how age-friendly policies improve health and wellness for community members of all ages.  

Watch the video and learn more about Granisle's age-friendly policies here


Neighbourhood profiles for Metro Vancouver have been added to the My Health My Community Atlas. This new data is a great tool for community groups, health agencies, local governments and interested residents, and an effective way to assist with policy development, community and program planning.

Find out more about the new data here

PROOF, an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada, has released a powerful new report detailing household food insecurity.  The report finds over one in ten B.C. households struggling to put food on the table in 2011-12. Families with children under the age of 18 were at an even greater risk of food insecurity, with one in six B.C. children living in a food insecure household.

Find the report here

Squamish will receive more than $119,372 in BikeBC funding this year for a cycling infrastructure project that will involve the extension of the Squamish Corridor Trail via Rose Park.  The trail will serve as a commuter connection for residents, an attraction for visitors and an important piece of the work Squamish is doing on making active transportation accessible to all community members.

Read more here

This beautiful video from the Provincial Health Services Authority emphasizes the importance of advancing community food security through collaboration between the community, health authorities and local government.


Did you know “communities in the Cowichan region are among the 20 worst in the province for air pollution levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5),” according to the BC Lung Association’s 2016 state of the air report?

Healthy Families BC Communities (HFBC-C), launched in 2011, is a key initiative of the Province’s health promotion strategy. With a focus on fostering community wellness, it helps build stronger partnerships between the health sector and local governments, so that communities can support lifestyle behaviours that improve health and reduce chronic disease risk.