Recent News

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.

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.

BC Healthy Communities is excited to announce the release of the newest addition to our PlanH Action Guide series: The Healthy Housing Action Guide. The new guide explores ways that communities can bring an equity and health lens to housing policies and includes definitions, case studies, funding information, legislation, and actions that local governments can take to support healthy housing in their community.

In a pivotal effort to address housing challenges in Strathcona Regional District, the City of Campbell River has announced that they will support the hiring of a coordinator for the Campbell River Coalition to End Homelessness.

The City is providing one-time funding of $10,000 for the coordinator position, which will provide the Coalition with capacity to develop a strategic plan and explore potential funding opportunities for affordable housing and housing-related initiatives in the region.

Social well-being is a significant component of overall health and well-being. The homes we live in play a substantial role in shaping our mental and social well-being, and the way we design homes can promote—or impede—social connectedness, inclusion and trust between neighbours.[i][ii] To guide the implementation of their Official Community Plan, the Township of Esquimalt is developing a set of policy guidelines for the design of low-rise multi-family (or “missing middle”) housing, with the aim of enhancing the social well-being of those living in these housing types.

Over a dozen Indigenous communities across BC are undertaking projects to support health and well-being planning after being receiving funding and in-kind supports by PlanH, a partnership of BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health.

The City of Kelowna developed and approved their Journey Home Strategy this year, and in the six months since its release, Kelowna is already experiencing success. Journey Home is a five-year plan focused on ensuring everyone in the city has a place to call home. The strategy emphasizes prevention, moving folks at-risk of becoming homeless into community-based prevention supports.

The NCCEH Healthy Built Environment in Canada Online Discussion Forum is now live! The forum provides an online platform to share information, ask questions and contribute to discussions, share HBE resources and connect with others doing similar work across Canada.

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