This study examined rural homelessness dynamics in 22 communities across the provinces and territories. The aim of the research was to identify whether and how Housing First can be implemented in a rural context.
- Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD, Alina Turner, PhD, University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work
The Yarrow Eco Village Society started in 2002 with 25 acres in the Fraser Valley and today Groundswell Co-Housing is almost sold out, the Community Farm is fully subscribed and they are in development stages for Elderberry Seniors Co-housing. Read about their early development process or vist their website for current contacts.
This link to the University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute takes you to Housing related papers: from a review of Cottage Country housing issues in Norman Lake, to an Economic Development Framework for Interpreting Housing Markets in Small Towns in Canada.
- University of Northern BC, Community Development Institute
Karen Skadsheim, a City Councillor in Powell River celebrates a collaboration with the Powell River Cycling Association that led to new bike paths and increased safety for cyclists in Powell River. This interview was recorded at the 2015 UBCM Convention.
Louise Richmond of Salmon Arm City Council explains an amazing new project to bring art to their local trail network. The art can be enjoyed by city residents using the trails and will ultimately become a photo book to be shared more widely. This video was filmed at the 2015 UBCM Convention.
Vernon and Interior Health have partnered to create a state of change-readiness through meaningful community engagement for planning a healthier built environment.
The City of Vernon’s strong commitment to creating a healthier built environment was marked through a partnership agreement with Interior Health (IH) in 2012. The partnership committed to a joint collaboration on active travel, which then became a strong foundation for engaging with the community.
Regional partners throughout the Shuswap region have developed a historic Trail Strategy and Roundtable. It is a milestone for the region by setting a new direction for how residents live, move, and relate with each other and the land. This is the result of an extensive multi-sectoral collaborative effort including ongoing support from the City of Salmon Arm.
Making the Connections is a short video and visual exhibit that walks us through some of the social factors that have a significant impact on our health: income, housing, education, food, neighbourhood, sense of community, race and racism and access to health care. It also introduces systems thinking and asks us to think about the larger, interconnected society we are apart of and how these connections impact our health.
This guide is intended to help practitioners—engineers, planners, health professionals, economic development officials and others—to improve travel options for residents of small and rural communities. This includes a range of actions that make personal transportation activities more sustainable— encouraging drivers to operate their cars more efficiently, or to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, take transit or carpool instead.