Tools & Resources

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Since 2007, the City of Coquitlam has taken action to incorporate a cultural diversity lens to the day-to-day practices of the city organization.

Building relations within the community and among different levels of government was key to planning safe, affordable and sustainable housing.

Marnie Essery, chair of the Intermunicipal Advisory Committee on Disability Issues (IACDI), was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was three-years old. The arthritis limits Marnie’s mobility but it hasn’t impacted her passion for the outdoors. However, Marnie found it extremely difficult to explore the natural terrain of many parks in the Capital Regional District (CRD).

Satisfied customers focus their spending power where they have a long-term relationship. Older adults tend to be loyal customers. If your business is age-friendly, you can attract and keep customers within a large, and expanding, demographic. If you are planning a new business, are considering changes or renovations, want to attract additional older customers, or are already providing services for many seniors, this guide is designed to help.

– Province of BC

Relevant section is “Providing Affordable Housing Choices,” page 21. Includes community examples.
– Smart Growth BC

Provides an overview of local government tools for affordable housing and working examples.
– Smart Growth BC


This study examined the association between bicyclists’ injuries and the cycling environment (e.g., route types, intersection types). The study took place in Toronto and Vancouver between May 2008 and November 2009. The participants were adults injured while bicycling and treated at hospital emergency departments. Five hospitals recruited participants, 690 in total.

Summary of results

UBC researchers used an Opinion Survey to determine which route types and what other factors motivate or deter cycling. The survey used a web or mailed questionnaire to ask 1,402 adults in Metro Vancouver (Canada) about 16 routes types and 73 other factors that might influence their likelihood of cycling. The survey was a sub-study of a larger telephone survey of 2,149 adults. It included demographic information and was used for the Mapping Cycling analysis.

This document has been prepared for use by local governments, the development community, landowners and environmental organizations as a comprehensive guide to maintaining environmental values during the development of urban and rural lands.

It sets out the program priorities of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment, and other provincial and federal agencies, promoting ways to retain and create environmental function and resilience as communities grow.

Describes the steps necessary for local governments to hold festivals and special events and some of the considerations for holding events.
– Recreation Canada, Leisure Information Network