VICTORIA | The PlanH program has announced the 11 BC communities that will receive support for creating stronger social environments and resilient neighbourhoods.
Selected communities will receive $170,000 in grants and additional in-kind coaching support from the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund (HCCBF) for initiatives taking place in 2017 and 2018. The fund provides two streams of support for communities working with other partners to take action on improving social connectedness.
NELSON – At a Special Meeting on June 23, 2017, Council adopted a Clean Air and Smoking Regulation Bylaw.
This has been on Council’s list of bylaw priorities for a number of years. The new bylaw replaces two almost 30-year old bylaws. Staff have steadily progressed the updating of the City’s regulatory bylaws as directed by Council. Other regulatory bylaws that have been completed over the last two years include: Sanitary Regulations, Business Licensing, Waste Management and Short-term rentals.
The Alberni Clayoquot Health Network (ACHN) is collaboratively identifying and addressing ways of targeting housing and homelessness. The group hosted a Community Housing Forum in partnership with the Alberni Valley Community Stakeholders Initiative (AVCSI) to end homelessness with support from the PlanH program.
This is the first part of a three-part commentary addressing the three challenges of equity, sustainability and governance - also were the main elements of the Kuching statement on Healthy Cities, which focused on People, Planet and Participation.
The new CRD Community Map is designed to support health and wellbeing in the capital region by allowing users to visualize where diverse populations are living and what their proximity is to community resources and affordable transportation options. Give it a try, then provide feedback with this short
Applications are now being accepted under the summer intake of the 2017/18 Regional Community to Community Forum program. The goal of a Regional C2C Forum is increased understanding and improved overall relations between First Nations and local governments. For more information, visit the C2C program page.
The BC Food Systems Network is partnering with the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the healthy authorities to build the capacity of community food security groups and food policy councils to engage effectively with their local governments.
Please note: Applications are no longer being accepted for active communities grants - the deadline has passed.
These grants are for local governments in Island Health and Interior Health Regions and their partners working towards having a measurable impact on physical activity.
Grants of up to $30,000 are available to individual communities. Combined grants of up to $100,000 are available to communities that are working together for greater impact in their region.
Examples of initiatives the grants will support are:
A new round of the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund (HCCBF) recipients is now open. For 2017/18, the HCCBF has a special focus on social connectedness. Socially connected communities support strong citizen engagement and increase the health and well-being of residents.
Local governments in British Columbia are invited to apply for a share of more than $1.7 million to develop programs that get people moving and promote physical activity in their communities.
“Increasing physical activity in communities will help improve the health and well-being of British Columbians,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “A lack of physical activity has contributed to an increase in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, and these grants will support more opportunities for people to become more active.”