Publications

Provides links to a vast array of leading-edge Canadian projects in communities, which could inform action in other communities.
– Province of BC

Contains useful statistics presented as a compelling case about housing vulnerability and the need to address it for health reasons.
– Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing and Health

An environmental psychologist describes how natural and built environment affects health.
– Nancy Wells, Cornell University

Describes definitions of discrimination, types of discrimination (e.g., discrimination in employment), and the process for discrimination complaints. The Human Rights Code governs anti-discrimination policy in British Columbia.
– Province of BC

The HungerCount report presents results from an annual study of more than 4,000 food banks and other food programs in every province and territory

In March 2015, 852,137 people received food from a food bank in Canada. More than one-third of those helped were children.

This guide is intended to help practitioners—engineers, planners, health professionals, economic development officials and others—to improve travel options for residents of small and rural communities. This includes a range of actions that make personal transportation activities more sustainable— encouraging drivers to operate their cars more efficiently, or to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, take transit or carpool instead.

– Transport Canada

This research explored the extent to which rural areas are and should be engaged with sustainability planning, what that looks like in a rural context and if stakeholders feel a sense of engagement with urban and provincial sustainability goals.  The findings are important for local governments, planners and agriculture activists.

- Fraser Basin Council

Food insecurity is a growing concern for many households with clear impacts on health and wellbeing. Across Canada, many organizations are taking new approaches to improve food security. This paper highlights the experience of the Ontario Association of Public Health Nutrition Professionals and Food Secure Canada in advocating to improve food security focusing on three advocacy roles in public health

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. Visit their website for information on applying for support.

This to-the-point resource enables us to develop a habit of looking 'upstream' in the ways we listen, allocate resources and decide what to speak up about in our roles.

A toolkit with different ideas for how local government and others can promote enjoyment of fruits and vegetables in remote communities including preservation, gardening, and others. 

– BC Ministry of Health

This report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the most recent statistics on poverty and its associated hardships in BC, and demonstrates that strong policies are urgently needed to dramatically reduce and ultimately eliminate poverty in our province.

This is a useful example of a Housing Needs Assessment that integrates stakeholder/user perspectives.  

- Lower Columbia Community Development Society

Describes how to design accessible communities for people with mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive impairments, all of which occur at a higher rate among older seniors (85+ years of age) than the overall population. Specific design guidelines are provided in recommendations for each type of impairment.
– SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council) (2005)

Explores issues related to mental health, housing, and homelessness.

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