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.
We were thrilled to have nearly 200 folks join us either in-person or via livestream from across BC for Physical Activity for All: Tools and Approaches for Equity in Active Communities. Interested in the top takeaways from the event? We've put together a list of the night's top #PAforAll highlights, as shared by folks on Twitter.
Decisions made about how we respond to climate change will impact community health and prosperity. How do we work together to implement practices that both prepare our communities and increase health and well-being?
More local governments in BC will now be able to embark on projects to improve community health and well-being for their constituents, thanks to $125,000 in new grants and additional customized supports recently awarded by PlanH, a partnership of BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health.
Did you know that 7 out of the 10 Canadian municipalities with the largest portion of seniors are located in B.C.? As a result, more communities are exploring what it means to become age-friendly, supporting all stages, from childhood through to later years.
Could your community use more resources and support to foster better health and well-being? Are you a local government looking to collaborate with health authorities and other partners to create the conditions that enable healthy people and healthy places? Apply for funding through the PlanH Healthy Communities Fund and receive support from our new Community Wellness Strategy and Creating Healthy Places grants.