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Innovative Rural Communities - We Want to Hear from You


There are over 110 cities, towns, municipalities and villages in BC and of those, over 75% are small, rural or remote communities of less than 30,000 people. A healthy community approach takes resources and leadership. PlanH is committed to providing resources to small and remote BC communities and building on the many examples of rural success and innovation.

This fall we are expanding the PlanH Rural Portal. We will welcome your input at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference, UBCM Convention 2017 and online. Updates will be posted online: www.planh.caTwitter: /BC_HC Facebook: /bchealthycommunities.


North Cowichan Fosters a Cultural Shift and Social Connections with Cowichan Tribes


A multi-sectoral effort in North Cowichan, under the leadership of Cowichan Tribes, created Culture Shift - a program to help community members develop relationships built on a shared understanding of colonial history. The series of experiential workshops helped to begin healing a community by changing the systems that led to negative health outcomes.

Read the full story here. 

11 Local Governments Receive Funding for Improving Social Connectedness in their Communities and Regions


The PlanH program has announced the 11 BC communities that will receive support for creating stronger social environments and resilient neighbourhoods.

Selected communities will receive $170,000 in grants and additional in-kind coaching support from the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund (HCCBF) for initiatives taking place in 2017 and 2018. Read about the projects here.

Council adopts “Leading Edge” Clean Air and Smoking Bylaw


The City of Nelson Council has adopted a Clean Air and Smoking Regulation Bylaw. The bylaw prohibits smoking in public places including parks, beaches, transit areas and schools. 

Mayor, Deb Kozak, stated that “it is based on recommendations from Interior Health (IH) and will protect our citizens from second- hand smoke, especially our children.” The IH Team Leader from the Integrated Tobacco Program called the bylaw “a leading edge bylaw as set out by the Canadian Non-Smokers Rights Association." Read more about what the bylaw includes here.

Air Quality Action and Interactive Map


In July the Province of BC announced a provincial state of emergency regarding the wildfire situation. Causes of wildfire vary dramatically. However, the effects are a consistent reminder to find ways to take action toward clean air and smoke-free spaces. The Province of BC has provided a current and interactive air data map allowing people to view the latest hourly air monitoring data. Find it here along with current air quality conditions.

Community Housing Forum - Where You Live


The Alberni Clayoquot Health Network is collaboratively identifying and addressing ways of targeting housing and homelessness. The group hosted a Community Housing Forum to end homelessness. The event was held in partnership with the Alberni Valley Community Stakeholders Initiative, with support from the PlanH program. Watch a video and learn more here.


From Patchwork to Policy CoherencPrinciples and Priorities of Canada's National Food Policy

This discussion paper, by Food Secure Canada, examines the need for a national food policy that is coherent, democratic, integrated and created to benefit all people. The focus is on big ideas, kick-starting important conversations and highlighting crucial areas of consideration. Find it here.



Sept. 20-23: Different by Design Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference, Nelson, BC

Explore the unique potential and many possibilities that exist in rural places at this interactive event. BC Healthy Communities, on behalf of the PlanH program, will facilitate a health sector round table during a day of discussion focused on capacity-building. Registration and event information here.



District of Squamish Good Neighbour Guidelines
Neighbourhoods are the beating hearts of our
communities. The District of Squamish has launched the Good Neighbour Guidelines, a collection of regulatory District bylaws, common-sense practices and useful information to support public safety, civic responsibility and community for all Squamish residents. Learn more and download the booklet here.


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