Tools & Resources

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This guide provides a brief summary of current poverty reduction activities across Canada, a description of the role of the Region of Waterloo in poverty reduction, and an overview of the region’s corporate-wide Comprehensive Approach to Poverty Reduction.

– Region of Waterloo

A report that focuses on regional planning and the relevance of parks and greenspace.
– Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

In rural BC, it has been reported that the ‘boom and bust’ cycles of natural resource extraction development have been a significant factor in shaping the health inequities that are observed and experienced throughout the province. Accordingly, there is a strong desire to better assess and respond to the impacts of resource extraction and development on the social determinants of health (SDOH). This document seeks to assist local efforts by industry and other stakeholders in incorporating SDOH into managing and monitoring the impacts of natural resource extraction and development.

As part of a series of papers written in support of the Vibrant Communities Initiative, this paper explores the social role of local governments.

The Vibrant Communities Initiative supports the development of comprehensive community initiatives to address complex community problems, such as poverty.

– Sherri Torjman and Eric Leviten-Reid, Caledon Institute for Social Policy

This strategy takes a policy and environmental approach to encouraging healthy eating and physical activity in Nova Scotia.  

- Province of Nova Scotia

Provides a network for agencies that need to communicate with the public and develop climate change strategies. Contains many excellent toolkits and resources to help with communication, behaviour change, quick tips, and more.
­– Climate Access – Sharing What Works

– Ministry of Health

How can local governments decrease the harmful impact of tobacco use in communities?

The majority of British Columbians are non-smokers: 85% of BC residents do not smoke.

However, tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death and disease in Canada. It kills approximately 6,000 British Columbians each year, despite BC having the lowest smoking rate in Canada. 

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

For rural residents without a private vehicle, access to services is a significant barrier and an impediment to being active members of society.  This resource describes the models and building blocks required for a co-ordinated approach in your community. - Rural Ontario Institute