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.
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.
A City of Victoria cycling program has wheeled its way into the halls of academia as the subject of a new course offered by the University of Victoria.
Regional partners throughout the Shuswap region have developed a historic Trail Strategy and Roundtable. It is a milestone for the region by setting a new direction for how residents live, move, and relate with each other and the land. This is the result of an extensive multi-sectoral collaborative effort including ongoing support from the City of Salmon Arm.
Cities offer the scale needed for transformative change — large enough to matter, but small enough to manage. Universities and colleges are also civic actors in their own right. They are “cities within cities,” where the principles of pluralism create communities of diversity, open to the world.
The third round of grants from the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund is no longer accepting applications or expressions of interest.
Meeting the needs of our aging population will be one of the biggest challenges of the coming decades; especially for rural communities where amenities are far flung.