Tools & Resources

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Describes some of the specific challenges and pressures related to rural poverty within Canada, and includes potential strategies for reinvigorating rural economies with agriculture, forestry, and tourism. The report examines social policy regarding the income gap, rural housing, crime, immigration, and health care, and how to strengthen a healthy community approach.
– Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Communities across BC are motivated to promote cycling as a mode of transportation. 

The motivations for these changes are multifaceted. At the municipal level, they include the impossibility of managing traffic congestion via increased roadways, green city strategies aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases, and a recognition that the vitality of cities is better promoted by people who are not enclosed in vehicles, but walking, cycling, and interacting with each other. 

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

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.

When a community builds a program, they must pay attention to what they build on—foundations matter. 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 right here in BC.

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 

Participation in recreational activities with peers is critical to youth development and building healthy lifestyles. But for youth growing up in rural west coast communities like those in and around Tofino and Ucluelet, opportunities to connect and engage with peers are not always possible.

A micro-granting program for youth-led projects related to social connectedness commenced in 2017, and was supported by funding from the PlanH Cultivating Connections stream.

Nine years ago, the Mid-Island Métis Nation (MIMN) could not pay rent, let alone develop and implement programs to tackle systemic issues in community health. MIMN’s members were doing everything they could to keep the association moving forward, from garage sales to raffles, but the future was unclear, and coordination with other Vancouver Island Métis Chartered Communities was sparse.

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