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Participating schools announced for Active School Travel Pilot Program

The Province, in partnership with BC Healthy Communities Society, has selected 11 schools to participate in a pilot project designed to increase the number of students using active transportation between home and school.
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On-Demand Webinar: Healthy Communities, Equity and Economic Recovery

Though inequities existed in our communities prior to COVID-19, current challenges have amplified these differences. How can we put equity into action to create greater well-being for all community members?
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5 things to know about the TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy Funding

As part of TogetherBC, British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Province is providing $5 million to local governments for assessments, plans and projects to reduce overall poverty. Here are five things you might want to know about the funding.
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How the eight domains of Age-friendly Communities impact social connectedness

In Age-friendly Communities, the goal is to create a community in which older adults are able to age healthily in place and participate fully in their community. Being part of one’s community provides a sense of belonging, fostering social connectedness.
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Temporary Foreign Workers – The Backbone of Our Food System

The people doing the labour of growing our food aren't just farm owners, but also farmers from outside of Canada. These people are part of a Federal Government program known as SAWP. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important these workers are for Canada’s food system, while simultaneously exposing many of the challenges they face.
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We work better together: The Community Health Network model at work on southern Vancouver Island

Community Health Networks use a collective impact model that emphasizes cross-sector partnerships and can be applied to complex social issues. Networks serve as a convener to facilitate and support structure, planning, and community engagement. 
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Four principles for equitable public engagement

This fall, BC Healthy Communities, through PlanH, hosted a webinar on equitable public engagement. In this piece, we share the four main highlights of the insights and experience shared by our panel of community engagement experts.
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Winter, COVID and outdoor spaces: What local governments can do to keep their constituents outside and active during the winter months

For many, it’s been easy to be active and social while physically distancing during summer and fall. As we move into colder months, local governments can take action to make it easier for folks to continue to get outside and be active despite the colder and shorter days ahead.
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A new tool for socially connected and resilient communities: the Healthy Social Environments Framework.

On-Demand Webinar, An Introduction to the Healthy Social Environments Framework. As we continue to witness the impacts of COVID-19 on...
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New! Active School Travel Pilot Program now accepting applications

Schools in B.C. can receive up to $10,000 plus in-kind supports to implement Active School Travel projects through our Active School Travel Pilot Program. Applications close November 15.
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About Us

BC Healthy Communities is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient communities. We provide a range of resources, programs, funding and fee-for-service offerings that support multi-sectoral groups to collaborate around a shared vision for a common purpose.

Our Services

We offer a range of services that reflect our interdisciplinary team’s expertise in planning, public health, and community engagement. Our service model is not linear – rather, it reflects the continuous process of improving and strengthening community health and well-being through policy and programs.

Our Programs

PlanH supports local governments creating healthier communities through funding, resources, learning opportunities and leading practices for healthy public policy.

Learn more about PlanH.

Our Age-Friendly Community Capacity Building program supports communities across the province as they plan for active aging.

Learn more about Age-friendly Capacity Building.

ElderConnect is a unified, connected, community-based wellness navigation system developed in partnership with the ElderCare Foundation.

Learn more about ElderConnect.

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