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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.

Island Health is looking to partner with local government, community organizations and Aboriginal communities through their Community Wellness Granting Program. The program is available to groups doing work related to population health and health and wellness, and is a chance for Island Health to collaborate with community partners to positively influence individual and community well-being.

Leaders in the Interior Health region gathered in Vernon on October 27, 2016 to celebrate and take stock of healthy community partnerships at the Interior Region Healthy Communities Forum. The forum was the fifth in a series of five forums taking place in each health authority region. Over eighty delegates participated in the day rich with dialogue, insights and connections.

We are pleased to present our second PlanH short video.  This time we’re highlighting the important work being done by the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC).  They engage the entire community around social, environmental and economic issues through food security programs, policies and partnerships. The KFPC was one of the very first food policy councils in Canada and boasts an impressive roster of programs, including community gardens, Farm to School BC, the Gleaning Abundance Project, and community kitchens.

How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities? Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and leadership cohort called ‘Growing Impact’. The process is facilitated by BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) on behalf of the PlanH program.

We are pleased to present another new PlanH short video.  This time we’re highlighting the important work being done around the Collaborative School Travel Planning initiative in the Comox Valley.

We are pleased to announce the release of the first PlanH short video in a series of five.  This video celebrates the accomplishments of Granisle, a small northern BC community that serves as a vivid demonstration of how age-friendly policies improve health and wellness for community members of all ages.  

Watch the video and learn more about Granisle's age-friendly policies here


Neighbourhood profiles for Metro Vancouver have been added to the My Health My Community Atlas. This new data is a great tool for community groups, health agencies, local governments and interested residents, and an effective way to assist with policy development, community and program planning.

Find out more about the new data here

PROOF, an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada, has released a powerful new report detailing household food insecurity.  The report finds over one in ten B.C. households struggling to put food on the table in 2011-12. Families with children under the age of 18 were at an even greater risk of food insecurity, with one in six B.C. children living in a food insecure household.

Find the report here