Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

For more PlanH resources visit the following sections:

A variety of research papers and tested resources can be found on this website covering topics from resource towns in transition to rural age friendly needs assessments, communication strategies and youth/seniors inclusion resources.  

-  University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

This link to the University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute takes you to Housing related papers: from a review of Cottage Country housing issues in Norman Lake, to an Economic Development Framework for Interpreting Housing Markets in Small Towns in Canada.

- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute

Food insecurity is the inadequate or insufficient access to food due to financial constraints.

It is a concept closely linked to household income – the lower the household income, the higher the risk of food insecurity. As there are physical, mental, and social consequences, food insecurity is not only an indicator of the economic well-being of both adults and children, it is also a direct social determinant of health. 

Provides healthy community design resources and links that have been developed through the Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative.
– Healthy Canada by Design

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) serves 25% of British Columbia’s population, or over 1 million people, across Greater Vancouver and the Coast Garibaldi area. Its coverage area spans urban settings like Vancouver and Richmond, as well as rural communities on the central coast like Bella Bella, and includes 14 Indigenous communities.

Multi-sectoral collaboration was vital to move this strategy forward. Involving multiple departments within the city, the Vancouver Food Policy Council, grassroots organizations, and many others, allowed for ideas from all sectors to convene under one strategy.

Find out what people across the province of British Columbia think about the place they call home.

Vancouver Foundation’s 2016 Vital Signs is their first provincial report, produced in partnership with Community Foundations across British Columbia. The Foundation was curious to learn about any regional differences in citizen experiences, and find ways to support other Community Foundations to collect data about their local communities.

Across British Columbia, including Vancouver, parks and greenspace in urban centres are facing pressure to accommodate a variety of uses amid growing populations and smaller private living quarters. It is well documented that accessible parks and green spaces can improve social, emotional and physical well-being for residents; however, green space is often unequally distributed and its benefits inequitably received. Vancouver’s new Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan—called VanPlay—goes beyond delivering high-quality park spaces to the most populated or vocal areas of the city. VanPlay prioritizes inclusion for residents who traditionally face the greatest barriers to accessing the health benefits natural environments provide.

Social cohesion is (the level of belonging and connectedness in a community) is a major indicator of community health.  This resource gives examples of policy action local governments can take to increase rates of social cohesion.

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Describes the work of the Vibrant Communities program in 12 communities across Canada (including 3 in British Columbia).
– Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement

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