A comprehensive guide for planning and developing your own community investment fund based on the experience of the Vancouver Island Community Investment Fund.  See also Unleashing Local Capital for a distinctly rural example.  

- Sarah Amyot

This guide from Scotland covers important considerations in small town community engagement and offers 15 pages of engagement tools from arts based to focus groups, open space, future search and street stalls.

- Community Places

Features research focusing on impact of the physical environment, specifically focuse on children’s development
– E. Maibach, M. Nisbet, and M. Weathers

Satisfied customers focus their spending power where they have a long-term relationship. Older adults tend to be loyal customers. If your business is age-friendly, you can attract and keep customers within a large, and expanding, demographic. If you are planning a new business, are considering changes or renovations, want to attract additional older customers, or are already providing services for many seniors, this guide is designed to help.

– Province of BC

Relevant section is “Providing Affordable Housing Choices,” page 21. Includes community examples.
– Smart Growth BC

Provides an overview of local government tools for affordable housing and working examples.
– Smart Growth BC


This document has been prepared for use by local governments, the development community, landowners and environmental organizations as a comprehensive guide to maintaining environmental values during the development of urban and rural lands.

It sets out the program priorities of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment, and other provincial and federal agencies, promoting ways to retain and create environmental function and resilience as communities grow.

Describes the steps necessary for local governments to hold festivals and special events and some of the considerations for holding events.
– Recreation Canada, Leisure Information Network

SPARC BC has produced a series of reports on how communities and private companies have done diversity training, recruitment, and other measures related to diversity and inclusion within their organizations. The cities of Abbotsford and Vancouver are the communities profiled in this series.
–  SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia)

'Life Starts Now!' describes dry grad planning from start to finish, incorporating ideas and suggestions for success from previous dry grad organizers, and information on specific BC legislation relevant to dry grad planning.
– BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils

A guide for local governments describing how community policy influences active living.
– BC Recreation and Parks Association

A parks and recreation toolkit describing how to remove barriers and create opportunities for people on low incomes.
– BC Recreation and Parks Association

Provides resources on social inclusion and belonging, and exercises that can help in building a sense of belonging and welcoming.
– SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC) and BC Recreation and Parks Association (2006)

Examines the issues related to food security and the role that healthy access to food plays in helping to alleviate conditions of poverty and low income.
– Population Health and Wellness, BC Ministry of Health