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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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Natural spaces, equity and COVID

Healthy Natural Environments have become some of our most coveted spaces during the COVID pandemic. However, the inequities that COVID have highlighted and exacerbated across society extend to these natural environments.
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Think active communities work isn’t social justice work? Think again.

In the face of COVID, local governments are dismantling many chronic inequities present in our systems—but we may not have had time to consider the connection between active communities and social justice or equity work.
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