Built Environments

The built environment includes the human-made, physical characteristics that provide the setting for human activities – where people live, work, learn and play. Healthy built environments are the product of good planning practices. Whether rural, urban, or suburban communities, healthy built environments are places that are designed to support good health for all.

This publication from the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) focuses on five distinct areas of built environments related to health: housing; water and wastewater management; food security; active living; and transportation. With a specific focus on First Nations reserves, this paper fills an important gap in knowledge and research which has largely ignored the unique needs of First Nations reserves. 

For more Indigenous health resources, visit the NCCIH website.

Download the 2018 Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit now available! Download it at the BC Centre for Disease Control's website.

How can local governments link planning principles to health outcomes?

Apr 20 2020 - 9:00am to Apr 24 2020 - 12:00pm

Join HUBBUB 14 The Digital Edition to see projects from the Spring 2020 term co-created by City staff, students, faculty and community, all aiming to make Vancouver more sustainable, liveable and joyful. Click here to learn more about HUBBUB 14 The Digital Edition.  

Mar 2 2020 - 10:15am to Mar 16 2020 - 10:15am

This SFU course offers a special focus on planning and development issues in the Canadian and Metro Vancouver context, and the planners’ role in building cities. Explore the interrelationships between the physical, environmental, economic, social, and built considerations in planning at the site, neighbourhood, city, and regional scales.

This report by BC Children’s Hospital and the BC Centre for Disease Control explains how we can build neighborhood spaces that promote mental health and well-being while mitigating unintentional negative impacts.

This guide is designed to support local governments, including Indigenous communities, with assessing features of their community’s built environment. Ten validated healthy built environment assessment tools have been compiled and are presented in this guide. These assessment tools, when paired with community engagement efforts and health data, will support local governments in identifying the strengths and gaps in their community’s built environment and further understand how those gaps might negatively impact health.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event! If you missed it, you can also access a recorded version of the webinar, and download a copy of the accompanying resource.

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Feb 21 2019 - 9:00am to 10:00am

We know that every development creates a place but what is seldom asked is whether or not that development has a positive, neutral or negative impact on the social, physical and cultural well-being of that community.  The presentation will briefly summarise the relationship between place development, empowerment, well-being and inequalities before introducing the Place Standard Tool. This tool is a flexible product that translates these complex public health and place making relationships into a simple tool that supports communities, organ

This tool kit is intended for use in rural communities. Municipalities, including planners, health authority staff, and elected officials are the intended audience, although the tool kit will also help other interested community members advocate for healthier communities and populations. Overall, this tool kit is meant for those interested in how the built environment and local development impacts health.

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