Download the 2018 Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit now available! Download it at the BC Centre for Disease Control's website.

How can local governments link planning principles to health outcomes?

This publication from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) focuses on five distinct areas of built environments related to health: housing; water and wastewater management; food security; active living; and transportation. With a specific focus on First Nations reserves, this paper fills an important gap in knowledge and research which has largely ignored the unique needs of First Nations reserves. 

For more Indigenous health resources, visit the NCCIH website.

Describes community-based strategies and initiatives to reduce poverty, including measures related to poverty and low income and strategies directed at early childhood development. Poverty reduction strategies from various communities are examined.
– Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement

Offers local authorities, health practitioners, and politicians an introduction to the asset model approach and principles and gives examples of how it is being used in England. It also outlines a set of coherent and structured tools that put asset model principles into practice.

– Improvement and Development Agency

This guide provides examples of capacity inventories developed and used by different communities across the United States, as well as practical reasons and valuable tips for conducting and using capacity inventories in your community. 

– John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight, and Geralyn Sheehan

Introduces asset inventories and their practical application to support municipalities in preparing, conducting and utilizing a community resource inventory.

Topics addressed include an overview of the community resource inventory, applications and relationship to community vision and goals, and how to prepare for community asset mapping. Resources, templates and worksheets are also included.

– Government of Saskatchewan

This guide provides examples from across the province of the many different ways local governments in BC are taking action to strengthen their local food systems. 

– Provincial Health Services Authority

Are you finding all the information available on public participation a little bit disorienting?

This journal article is an analytical tool that can be used when sorting through various public engagement methods. It develops a typology of public engagement mechanisms. It clarifies what public engagement entails and does not entail and how the various mechanisms are similar or dissimilar.

– Gene Rowe and Lynn J. Frewer, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Vol. 30 No. 2

Small coastal communities have different barriers to physical activity infrastructure than other communities. The Active Coastal Communities document, developed by BC Healthy Communities, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living, and the Province of B.C, shares success stories from coastal communities who have completed projects to improve access to physical activity opportunities.


Provides examples of community processes and current practice and advice about active transportation planning for a transportation planner audience.
– Transport Canada (Environmental Initiatives Group)

Developed by local governments under the Built Environment and Active Transportation (BEAT) program. (program currently closed)

Succinct fact sheet based on a review of recent evidence in Canada.
– Canadian Institute of Planners

CAPE (Canadian Association for Physicians for the Environment) has released a new toolkit to help health professionals become advocates of active transportation and transit with their patients and in their communities.

The toolkit is designed with five stand-alone modules so people can focus on the ones of most interest to them.

A guide on how to incorporate accessibility strategies into Official Community Plans (OCPs).

– Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development

A new publication by the Public Health Agency of Canada is a fantastic tool to help build and evalute age-friendly healthy built environments. 

Find it here