Community Stories

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Engaging elected officials with community needs is effective. Mayor Lois Jackson’s involvement on the Seniors Advisory Committee and her awareness of senior’s needs in North Delta propelled this project forward.

With limited capacity, enforcement of the Bylaw was difficult. The Village relied on effective messaging to change social norms, and complaint-based enforcement if bylaw violations were persistent.


The City of Langley conducted an Accessibility and Inclusiveness Study in 2007 with SPARC BC in response to the provincial 10 by 10 Challenge, i.e. a 10% increase in employment levels of people with a disability by 2010. The research highlighted strengths and barriers within the built environment, opportunities for improvement, and a plan for implementing a strategy as it related to promoting an accessible inclusive community.

When Valemount residents go for a stroll, they’re not just stretching their legs. They intend to walk all around the world. The Village of Valemount Healthier Communities Committee is championing the “Valemount Walks Around the World” initiative to foster an on-the-ground approach to improve health and well-being in the community.

Partnerships have resulted in strong community engagement and increased physical activity in the District of Kitimat. The District of Kitimat and Northern Health signed the Active Living, Health and Wellness Protocol in 2008 to formalize a long-standing, mutually beneficial relationship, and the rewards to the community keep coming.

The District of Saanich combined global-scale perspectives and local-level partnerships to create the conditions for healthy, active aging in the municipality.


Since 2007, the City of Coquitlam has taken action to incorporate a cultural diversity lens to the day-to-day practices of the city organization.

Burns Lake’s Active Transportation Plan capitalizes on community qualities and tourism potential.

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By updating their Parks and Public Spaces Bylaw to make parks smoke-free, the City of Kelowna joins a growing list of B.C. municipalities that have eliminated or restricted smoking in parks and on beaches.

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) achieved a milestone in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection Program with Corporate Emissions and Community Energy Emissions Plans, and took a unified approach to sustainability.