Recent News

Increased support is coming for local governments in B.C. who are striving to create healthier, more equitable and inclusive communities. The PlanH Healthy Communities Grant Program, administered by BC Healthy Communities, is offering 20 grants for the 2020-2021 year across two funding streams: Community Connectedness and Healthy Community Engagement.

BC Healthy Communities recognizes that local governments are focusing their attention on delivering basic services in response to COVID-19. Our team is committed to supporting you in these uncertain times by making adjustments to the 2020 PlanH Healthy Communities Grant program, which is currently accepting applications.

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.


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.