Community Stories

When it comes to healthy eating, education and accessibility to healthy options are critical. The City of Kelowna took action to make nutritious options the easy choice by raising awareness, improving concession stands, and ensuring vending services offer good food in City owned facilities.

Building relations within the community and among different levels of government was key to planning safe, affordable and sustainable housing.

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.

Elected officials, city staff, and community members collaborated to foster a positive, trusting relationship which allowed residents to freely express their concerns directly to decision makers. Their awareness led to action.

A 2013 grant from the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund presented an opportunity to further improve community health and build capacity between Revelstoke, IH, and many community stakeholders. With this grant, Revelstoke was able to complete their Healthy Communities Project, which addressed their three priority areas: poverty, mental health and substance use, and issues affecting youth.

The City of Port Alberni is a key example of how municipalities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in their community. Their success is attributed to strong interdepartmental collaboration and prioritizing action.

Clean air contributes to a healthy community and a sustainable economy, and in Prince George, a multi-stakeholder group is working together to improve air quality.

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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.