Recent News

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.

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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.

Now Available: Resources tailored to the rural community context

The Rural Resource Portal is a response to the unique opportunities, challenges, and approaches to fostering health and well-being in small, rural and remote communities in BC. The portal offers resources related to PlanH action areas with a rural lens.

Follow community progress on Twitter:, #BCHC_GrowingImpact, #BCHC_SeedingRural

Victoria | The PlanH program has confirmed support for 24 communities through the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund (HCCBF).

The HCCBF is for local governments in BC who are leading the way in creating the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places – in partnership with regional health authorities and other key community stakeholders.  

The importance of the health of children is the focus of a new Child Health Report from Northern Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer. The report highlights supports available for a healthy start for children in northern B.C., and areas that need to be addressed based on evidence-based research.

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 Local Government Awareness Week is a co-operative initiative, coordinated by the Union of BC Municipalities, CivicInfo BC, Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development, BC School Trustees Association and the Public Works Association of BC.  This year it falls on the third week of May, from the 15th-21st, and there are many creative and fun ways to celebrate it.  For activity ideas, online resources and sample proclamations, visit the Local Government Awareness Week website:

On May 2nd, 2016, sixty delegates representing local governments, the health sector, First Nations, and community groups gathered in the City of Dawson Creek for the Northern Region Healthy Communities Forum. This forum is the fourth in a series of five forums taking place in each health authority region to take stock of: the impacts of collaborative efforts between local governments, health authorities, and other community partners; the key factors that are enabling this success; and how we can grow this impact moving forward.

The Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (the Toolkit) links five features of the built environment (housing, neighbourhood design, food, transportation, and natural environments) with health outcomes. The Toolkit workshops animate and activate the Toolkit by getting people together in a shared learning experience, to explore the Toolkit together by applying it to projects, plans and issues that matter to them in their community or region.<