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Deadline extended: Active School Travel Pilot Program now accepting applications

The deadline for applications to the Active School Travel Pilot Program has been extended to December 14, 2021 to reflect the current provincial state of emergency.
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Reflecting on equity, self-determination and reconciliation

We at BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) believe that it is possible – and necessary – to create communities where...
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What Makes Public Policy Healthy?

If the goal of healthy public policy is to create improved conditions which in turn improve population and community health, then as a whole, healthy public policies must also be equitable and serve to reverse health inequities.
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On-demand Webinar: Local Government Leaders Speaker Series – Affordable Housing Land Acquisition Policies

In collaboration with partners in communities across the province, BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is hosting a speaker series throughout 2021...
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THE ISSUE: Healthy Public Policy

Rather than directly addressing health, healthy public policies make changes to living conditions that impact health—such as housing, transportation and income—in order to improve a community's health and well-being, while often positively impacting other issues directly within local government purview.
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Healthy aging through an equity lens: Older adults experiencing homelessness

The development of Age-friendly Communities involves a policy approach to creating conditions that allow older adults to stay connected and age healthily in place, whether in their home or in their community. However, what does this look like when older adults don’t have a home?
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Statement on the announcement regarding the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

TW: discussion of the content of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc’s May 27 announcement; racism; genocide Like so many people across the...
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On-demand Webinar: Local Government Leaders Speaker Series – Living Wage Policies

BC Healthy Communities is launching a new speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C. “Creating Healthy Public Policy - Local Government Leaders Speaker Series” kicks off on June 23 with Living Wage Policies, a session exploring the City of Victoria’s experience adopting a Living Wage policy.
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New Healthy Public Policy Speaker Series explores policy ideas for creating improved health and well-being in B.C. communities

In collaboration with a selection of local and Indigenous government partners, BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is launching a new speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C.
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New Resource: Applying an Equity Lens in Age-friendly Communities Planning

Designed to support local and Indigenous governments embarking on Age-friendly Community Plans, this resource provides a refresher on the concept of equity in planning, offering ideas and guidance to help ensure equity is considered at each step of the planning process.
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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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