Recent News

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?

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. 

This year, one of the focus areas of the PlanH program is the importance of developing Healthy Public Policy at the local government level. In collaboration with a selection of local and Indigenous government partners, BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is launching a new speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C.

Given all we have learned through our past and present experiences, how can we put equity into action to create greater well-being for all community members? Staff from BC Healthy Communities and SFU’s Community Economic Development program recently convened to explore this topic alongside a group of Indigenous and local government staff, as well as health professionals. Here are the top five key takeaways from that discussion. 

More Indigenous and non-Indigenous local governments in B.C. will now be able to embark on projects to improve community health and well-being for their constituents, thanks to $150,000 in new grants and additional customized supports recently awarded by PlanH, a partnership of BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health.

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. residents have been encouraged to stay as active as possible while remaining physically distant. What can we learn from others around B.C. at this uncertain time? And how do we ensure considerations around equity are upheld as we adapt? We explore these questions in this on-demand webinar.

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.

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.


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