The presence of caring relationships in schools — the heart of school connectedness — is increasingly recognized as a vital
component of successful schools. The research is strong and consistent; students who feel connected to school do better
academically and are healthier.

Find out more on the connectedness and impacts on learning, health and  wellbeing with strategies for improving school connectedness.

– Healthy Schools BC

This toolkit is intended to help City of New Westminster staff when they engage seniors in municipal planning and development processes. Increased and more effective engagement will ensure seniors’ viewpoints are addressed and community solutions are responsive to their diverse and changing needs.

The toolkit was developed with input from a working group that included seniors from a variety of community organizations.

– City of New Westminster

Offers examples of active transportation plans and design checklists.
– Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

A 2016 Fraser Basin Council report, Showcasing Successful Green Stormwater Infrastructure – Lessons from Implementation profiles successful implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in Metro Vancouver and Victoria across three urban land use types: streetscapes, residential communities, and institutional sites. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) is an alternative approach that includes a network of decentralized infrastructure to capture, detain and infiltrate rainwater as close as possible to where it falls.

This guide features smart growth practices backed up with case studies, technical standards and bylaws.
– Deborah Curran, West Coast Environmental Law

This paper reports on a meta-case study analysis of a ten-year research program on citizenship, participation, and accountability that analyzed 100 research studies in 20 countries. 

A typology of four democratic and developmental outcomes was created.

– Institute of Development Studies

Describes how social connectedness relates to health, some measurements of social connectedness (e.g., volunteerism), and how communities can create better connectedness.
– Wilder Research

Examines the key social and economic indicators that affect health, including income, employment, and job security. The report also highlights key social policy considerations.
– Juha Mikkonen and Dennis Raphael, York University School of Health Policy and Management

This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007),11 also produced by the Forum.

The purpose of this volume is to:

Provides an overview of the social and economic costs of health inequities in Canada, including some of the specific steps and actions that are needed to reverse the pattern.
– Health Council of Canada

A practical guide for local government bylaws with a stewardship component.
– Lanarc Consultants et al.

Highlights what has been learned about strengthening cohesion and capacity of neighbourhoods to respond to climate, resource, and economic challenges in the future.
– Transition Victoria, Smart Planning for Communities, Community Social Planning Council and The Canadian Centre for Community Renewal

This online guide provides resources for educators, including lesson plans linked to BC Curriculum Prescribed Learning Outcomes addressing the themes of air quality, health, and community engagement.
– Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) 

Template agreements for school districts and local governments seeking to increase use of school district amenities for recreation.
– BC Schools Protection Program

This guide is designed to support local governments, including Indigenous communities, with assessing features of their community’s built environment. Ten validated healthy built environment assessment tools have been compiled and are presented in this guide. These assessment tools, when paired with community engagement efforts and health data, will support local governments in identifying the strengths and gaps in their community’s built environment and further understand how those gaps might negatively impact health.