Publications

Offers guides to assist recreation and park departments with upgrades, maintenance, and replacement of existing facilities.
– BC Recreation and Parks Association

This Fact Sheet offers evidence-informed principles to support health equity through interventions in the built environment. It is based on a scoping review titled Working with local governments to support health equity through the built environment, which examines 16 review articles and 37 Canadian empirical studies published on health equity and the built environment since 2010, and is supplemented with additional literature related to local government intervention options.

CARBC has produced a number of resources to support local governments to tackle problem drinking and promote a culture of moderation.
– University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research BC

Local and provincial partners have developed a coordinated approach to the prevention and response to FASD. More information can be found in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Building on Strengths.
– BC Ministry of Children and Family Development

This report presents the 2015 data on the average monthly cost of a nutritionally adequate, balanced diet in BC based on the National Nutritious Food Basket (NNFB).

Includes a specific chapter about British Columbia.
– Natural Resources Canada

From Need to Opportunity is a social enterprise guide by and for rural communities in Ontario. This guide walks through the steps from what is a social enterprise to feasibility work, business planning and financing.  - Social Enterprise Rural Alliance

DISCUSSION PAPER, by Food Secure Canada

Food is many things to many people. It is a source of nourishment, an expression of identity and culture, a vital economic sector and a critical contributor to the health of our people, our environment and the stewardship of our natural resources. Food is not simply a commodity but a central aspect of our social, cultural, historical and environmental realities. Unfortunately, our current food system also contains many contradictions and persistent challenges related to production, distribution and consumption that need to be addressed. 

While the Intelligent Communities movement is largely focused on urban cities, the example of Mitchel, South Dakota on page 14 suggests rural communities can use information and communications technology to boost in-migration.

- Intelligent Communities Forum 

Describes the needs of seniors in regards to outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.
– World Health Organization

The District of Squamish has launched the Good Neighbour Guidelines, a collection of regulatory District bylaws, common-sense practices and useful information to support public safety, civic responsibility and community for all Squamish residents. The 28-page booklet includes information on a range of topics from animal control to wildlife attractants and everything in between. 

Provides sample bylaws, tools for stewardship and protection of natural green infrastructure for different sized communities and rural areas.
– The Wetland Stewardship Partnership et al.

The connections linking green space to mental health, and evidence supporting these suggested mechanisms.

 

A guide to building food security in rural communities. The document opens with definitions and an argument for food security, followed by an outline of core ingredients for any food security program: people, mission, resources and administration. It provides examples of possible projects you may decide to explore, with resources for further guidance. It also considers the public policy context for your work (legislation and regulation). 

– North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

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