This resource explores the links between healthy communities and economic opportunities.

-All-In Nation:  An America that Works for All

This toolkit is for people working in community development, health and community leaders who want to strengthen community resilience factors: social networks & support, positive outlook, learning, early experience, environment & lifestyle, infrastructure, sense of purpose, diverse economy, embracing differences, beliefs and leadership.

- University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland 

Offers readiness assessment tools, fact sheets, and case studies.
– National Collaborating Centre on Environmental Health

Provides examples of local governments acting on the built environment.
– Built Environment and Active Transportation (BEAT)

Social Enterprises and Co-ops (businesses owned by a non-profit) are tools for the provision of health services,  employment and training or other non-profit missions.   The guide walks you through each stage of the development path with many useful worksheets and resources.  

- SERA Community Ventures

A resource designed to help people in the public sector and in the community to understand how to link community experience to the policy-making process.

Provides ideas about how to understand the public policy process, build capacities to link community experience to public policy, and influence public policy.

– Health Canada: Population and Public Health Branch (Atlantic Region) 

The Yarrow Eco Village Society started in 2002 with 25 acres in the Fraser Valley and today Groundswell Co-Housing is almost sold out, the Community Farm is fully subscribed and they are in development stages for Elderberry Seniors Co-housing.  Read about their early development process or vist their website for current contacts. 

- Yarrow Eco Village 

This report explores New Zealand’s ‘Bright Spots’: – local places and community initiatives that are making a positive difference to children and families. Instead of asking about the issues and problems for ‘vulnerable children’ or ‘high-needs families’, we ask ‘what’s working?’ What are ‘bright spots’ doing that is different from the rest of the country? Why are they having an impact?


Provides useful advice for creating effective policies related to healthy air.
– West Coast Environmental Law

Seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and understanding between community groups and local governments by presenting Healthy Communities experiences from both the municipal and community group perspectives.

– Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

A free one-page graphic representation of four phases of community development that measures community readiness.

– Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL)

­Provides tools for local governments to engage residents in assessing needs and priorities to make housing and surrounding facilities universally accessible.
– Spinal Cord Injury BC

The Community Co-operative Model was developed in the Muskoka District of Ontario to support “formal organizing and advocacy across communities in rural regions. This model recognizes the unique value and challenges of rural towns, and the role of community strengths in addressing economic and social well-being.

- Phyllis Winnington Ingram 

This resource provides a variety of information from provincial, national and international sources on the topic of community development and community capacity building. 

– Health Promotion Clearinghouse

In this short article as part of UNBC's Northern Studies series, geography professor Greg Halseth talks about the importance of considering place and scale when engaging in community development and capacity-building processes.