Tools & Resources

Browse the PlanH resource library of publications by category below.

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This BC government information website provides individuals with information to evolve drinking habits.
– Government of British Columbia 

This article tells the story of government and nonprofit agencies in B.C.'s southern interior who found ways to overcome their "silos" of mandate, jurisdiction, history, and politics in order to address gaps in safety and employment development for low income women.

- Jodi Koberinski and Kathy O'Malley

For the last two years the local government of Bowen Island has led a multi-sectoral and collaborative process to develop an active transportation network and reduce citizens’ reliance on cars. The result is the Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP), a 20-year vision that will guide the municipality in all its transportation decisions.

The efforts of the Capital Regional District, District of Saanich, City of Victoria, and District of Oak Bay have been assisted by a number of partners including community groups, institutions, and citizens. This collaborative effort has been crucial to make headway with the Bowker Creek Blueprint and the Bowker Creek integrated Watershed Management Plan.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken [adults]” Frederic Douglas  – 1855

Foundations matter, and so when a community builds a program they must pay attention to what they build on. Vernon, a city of 40,000 in the Okanagan, knew this well when residents started to transform their city into a Child and Youth Friendly Community in 2017. Vernon sought the best practical and academic advice it could, and found models to emulate from across the European Union, and in BC as well – New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond.

Describes how to design accessible communities for people with mobility impairments, visual impairments, hearing impairments, and cognitive impairments, all of which occur at a higher rate among older seniors (85+ years of age) than the overall population. Specific design guidelines are provided in recommendations for each type of impairment.
– UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) (2004)

This website includes resources that provide opportunities for students to explore local government in the contexts of their own community and other communities; based on a fundamental assumption that students should be involved in decision making and encouraged to consider ways that they can be active, participatory, and engaged citizens.

– Alberta Municipal Affairs 

Outlines processes, capacities, and approaches that can achieve mutually beneficial goals in addressing chronic disease prevention and climate change.
– BC Healthy Communities

This resource explores the links between healthy communities and economic opportunities.

-All-In Nation:  An America that Works for All

The Urban Land Institute's Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines evidence-supported opportunities for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments.

Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, and others involved in real estate decision making can use the report’s recommendations and strategies to create places that contribute to healthier people and communities, and to enhance and preserve value by meeting growing desires for health-promoting places.