Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

For more PlanH resources visit the following sections:

Online resource for tenants, landlords, and strata councils to promote smoke-free living.
– Smoke-Free Housing BC

The Kootenay Smoke Free Coalition supports communities in creating tobacco reduction bylaws through a streamlined process supported by the best research available.

This paper reports on a meta-case study analysis of a ten-year research program on citizenship, participation, and accountability that analyzed 100 research studies in 20 countries. 

A typology of four democratic and developmental outcomes was created.

– Institute of Development Studies

New! Updated for 2018.

How can local governments support social connectedness in communities?

Listen to the recording of our 2018 Social Connectedness webinar.


Describes how social connectedness relates to health, some measurements of social connectedness (e.g., volunteerism), and how communities can create better connectedness.
– Wilder Research

In the last six years, two local studies have both found that many citizens of the Lower Mainland experience loneliness and isolation. Social isolation is a serious health risk in communities; in fact, engaging in a social activity such as joining a club can reduce a persons’ chance of death by 50% in the first year—the same impact as quitting smoking.[1]

Examines the key social and economic indicators that affect health, including income, employment, and job security. The report also highlights key social policy considerations.
– Juha Mikkonen and Dennis Raphael, York University School of Health Policy and Management

This volume is the first of two documents produced by the Forum of Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors to help organizations and individuals approach the social isolation of seniors. It updates and builds upon to Working Together for Seniors: A Toolkit to Promote Seniors’ Social Integration in Community Services, Programs, and Policies (2007),11 also produced by the Forum.

The purpose of this volume is to: