Recent News

 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.

Youth in Lumby are breathing easier these days thanks to a collaborative project called “Smoke Free Lumby.” This initiative is the result of three years of strong collaborative work by the Village of Lumby (VOL), Interior Health (IH), the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Office of the Premier has just announced a new $75-million fund designed to help rural communities.  The funding is available for communities whose population is under 25 000 people and can be accessed for community capacity building, workforce development, community and economic development and business sector development.

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Fraser Healthy Communities Forum

Click the image above to enjoy the Fraser Healthy Communities Forum photo gallery.

A new report by the Chief Public Health Officer aims to increase Canadians' awareness about the health impacts of alcohol consumption.

Read the report here

VCH Regional Forum 2016

Click on the image above to enjoy the VCH Regional Forum photo gallery.

An exciting new agreement between the City of Vancouver and CP Rail has secured the Arbutus Corridor railway route for use as a sustainable transportation corridor.  The city expects the acquisition to be a boon to Vancouver residents who walk and cycle as well as a valuable tourist attraction.