Recent News

A new mental-health digital hub that will make it easier for thousands of British Columbians to find the services and supports closest to them is among various targeted initiatives totalling $140 million over three years under Budget 2017 to support those with mental-health and substance-use challenges. The new resources will focus on prevention and early intervention, housing, enhanced treatment and supports, and better integration and access to services.

PlanH partnered with each health authority on a series of five forums taking place in each 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.

Find stories, presentations from the events, photo galleries and visual notes at the following links:

This article from the Tamarack Institute explores the idea of community resilience as an ability, a process and an outcome, and examines ways in which communities can become more resilient.

Find it here

A ten-year journey in a millennia-old food tradition may seem like a blip in time but for Shelly Crack and her collaborators, this has been a significant decade of rebuilding local food systems in schools, strengthening human networks, and promoting traditional knowledge of land and food on the islands known as Haida Gwaii - an archipelago on BC’s north coast.

Vancouver's The Greenest City Fund supports projects that help work towards Vancouver becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. Since 2012, they've funded about $2 million to over 600 projects in partnership with the Vancouver Foundation, including 609 neighbourhood small grants, 63 community grants and 93 Green Generation grants.

The First Nations Health Authority and BC Patient Safety & Quality Council have collaborated to produce a webinar series. The webinars explore the ideas of cultural safety and cultural humility and encourage participants to pledge their commitment to working towards a world that is free of systemic racism and inclusive of people.

Find the webinars here

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Seeding Healthy Communities photo contest! Congratulations to the municipality of Bowen Island and Courtenay's Lush Valley Food Action Society for their wonderful winning photos. These PlanH Community Capacity Building Fund - Seeding Stream recipients used their photos to show us how their projects help build healthier small, rural and remote communities.


Our latest PlanH short video showcases the amazing work being done in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Hope around ensuring that all children have a chance to form healthy habits early in life. These three communities are using a community-based participatory approach and common consistent messaging to for kids to make the healthy choice the easier choice around healthy eating and physical activity.

Are you a recipient of the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund - Seeding Stream? Share how your project helps build healthy, small, rural and remote communities and be entered to win!

Entering the contest is easy, please click this post to read full contest details. 

  • Post a selfie or a picture with a description of your Seed project on Facebook or Twitter. Pictures that include people are encouraged!
  • Use #BCHC_SeedingRural when you post your photo and remember to tag us! @BC_HC (on Twitter) and @BC Healthy Communities (on Facebook)


We are pleased to present our latest PlanH short video. This time, we are highlighting the powerful work being done on the City of Vancouver's ‘A Healthy City For All’ strategy, an integrated, multi-sectoral approach to collaboration towards a healthier city. The City formed a unique Leadership Table with representatives from a diverse range of organizations to ensure a holistic approach. The strategy includes 13 goals, with associated targets and indicators to track progress and outcomes over ten years.