Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

For more PlanH resources visit the following sections:

Tamarack is charity founded in 2001 that develops and supports learning communities to help people collaborate and co-generate knowledge that solves complex community challenges, especially poverty.

Template agreements for school districts and local governments seeking to increase use of school district amenities for recreation.
– BC Schools Protection Program

This guide is designed to support local governments, including Indigenous communities, with assessing features of their community’s built environment. Ten validated healthy built environment assessment tools have been compiled and are presented in this guide. These assessment tools, when paired with community engagement efforts and health data, will support local governments in identifying the strengths and gaps in their community’s built environment and further understand how those gaps might negatively impact health.

How the Cowichan Regional Airshed Roundtable used evidence and shared leadership to address air quality improvement in the region.

The Arts and Health: Healthy Aging through the Arts project focused on a community-engaged approach in a Canadian context to improve health promotion services to seniors and people living with chronic conditions in the local health region and applying the learnings. 

– Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

This publication from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) focuses on five distinct areas of built environments related to health: housing; water and wastewater management; food security; active living; and transportation. With a specific focus on First Nations reserves, this paper fills an important gap in knowledge and research which has largely ignored the unique needs of First Nations reserves. 

For more Indigenous health resources, visit the NCCIH website.

Provides information on community economic development, events and learning opportunities, and reports and publications. There is a regional BC/Yukon network.
– The Canadian CED (Community Economic Development) Network

A guide to Vancouver's Healthy City Strategy, unanimously approved by City Council in 2014.

Find it here

Vernon and Interior Health have partnered to create a state of change-readiness through meaningful community engagement for planning a healthier built environment.

The City of Vernon’s strong commitment to creating a healthier built environment was marked through a partnership agreement with Interior Health (IH) in 2012. The partnership committed to a joint collaboration on active travel, which then became a strong foundation for engaging with the community.

A planning tool to help build community capacity in health promotion projects. The tool gives you a snapshot of where you are—and where you still might go—in building community capacity for your project.

– Public Health Agency of Canada