Recent News

The Creating Healthy Public Policy - Local Government Leaders Speaker Series kicks off with Living Wage Policies, a session exploring the City of Victoria’s experience in adopting a Living Wage policy in 2020. Living Wage policies have been enacted by 10 governments across the province, ranging from major metropolitan cities to smaller rural and Indigenous governments. These policies align minimum wages in an organization with the actual costs of living in a specific community, resulting in benefits including increased local spending, reduced social costs and improved health and well-being.

Join BC Healthy Communities and the Canadian Evaluation Society – BC Chapter for our webinar, Diverse Voices: Community-based approaches to making evaluation attainable & equitable. We explore the application of feasible, equitable evaluation principles in B.C. community settings, and the significance of reciprocity when engaging in community partnerships to collaboratively learn together.

For communities across Canada, 2020 was an especially trying year. Though inequities existed in our communities prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, current challenges have amplified these differences.

Join BC Healthy Communities and Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development team and explore the intersections of health, well-being and community economic development.

We are excited to announce the release of the Reducing Youth Access & Exposure to Vapour Products resource!

This resource is to support local governments across British Columbia as they work to reduce youth access and exposure to vapour products.

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 fourth resource in this series, Local Food Systems, is now available.

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 third resource in this series, Community Food Production: Part II, is now available.

We are excited to announce the release of the Supporting Equity in Planning and Policy Action Guide!

This Action Guide is for local governments across the province working to implement and champion equity across social, economic, environmental and cultural domains.

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 second resource in this series, Working with NGOs, Faith-based and Cultural Groups, and the Charitable Food Sector, is now available. 

BC Healthy Communities is excited to announce the release of the Healthy Natural Environments Action Guide!

This new PlanH Healthy Natural Environments Action Guide is for local governments across the province working to create healthy, equitable natural spaces.

Building healthy, equitable communities for all means authentically engaging community members in a way that develops trust, communication and collaboration—especially for those folks in our communities who are under-served or harder-to-reach. We know we must integrate an equity lens into our engagement planning at the fundamental stages of the process; but how do we do this in a way that ensures the community members who give their time and energy to our engagement processes are as empowered as possible?

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