This project page is devoted to the District’s ongoing efforts to incorporate a healthy communities lens in community planning and provides links to data and resources related to improving local health outcomes.
In March 2015, District of Squamish Council endorsed a Healthy Communities Collaboration Agreement with Vancouver Coastal Health. The agreement formalizes the relationship between VCH and Squamish local government and offers a platform for continued engagement and joint collaboration. Together the District and VCH will work on established priority health areas and projects to promote health through local policies and actions.
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
In October 2015, District Council affirmed the health, safety and well-being of children as foundational to the community and directed that an early childhood and family-focused lens be incorporated in upcoming OCP policy, bylaws, built environment and strategic planning. District will work with key stakeholders to review and bring back a Children’s Charter for consideration.
Links & Documents
Food Systems/Food Security
Links & Documents
BC Food Systems Network Video – “Food Policy Collaborations Take Root in Metro Vancouver, Squamish and the Sunshine Coast”
Physical Activity /Active Transportation
In May 2014, the District of Squamish was one of 49 communities awarded a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant of $5,000. Funding support was provided from PlanH, a partnership between BC Healthy Communities Society and Healthy Families BC (BC Ministry of Health). PlanH supports local government engagement, cross-sector partnerships and collaborative local action by providing funding, learning opportunities and resources.
The Squamish Learning Lab brought health and municipal partners together to establish a healthy community partnership for mutual learning and collaboration. With Vancouver Coastal Health and other collaborators, the project team engaged in joint learning about the community context for health and well-being, partnership development, and collaborative priority setting for health and well-being in local planning and policy to influence local health outcomes.
Exploring New Tools for Applying a Health Lens to Community Planning
The project team explored several ‘tools’ for their application to the District’s upcoming OCP review and update in 2015/16.
Other tool/resources were explored to look at other community health components such as social connectedness, inclusion and equity.
The project will significantly inform the upcoming OCP update by providing baseline health data, including priority local health issues and applying a community health lens to assess existing land use plans and policies against key health outcomes. From this, the District will be able to proactively respond to the many challenges and factors influencing community health and social wellbeing and monitor the District’s policies and programs against key community health indicators and targets (to be established).
Community Health Matters event (June 17, 2015)
For more information, please contact Sarah McJannet (Planner) by email or call 604.815.5096.
July 20, 2016
Traditional Squamish Nation blessing of Xwu’nekw Canoe Shelter planned for Thursday
*Update: View photos from the blessing ceremony here.
July 15, 2016
Artwork chosen for ‘Connecting Squamish Neighbourhoods’ public art project
The District of Squamish Public Art Select Committee is pleased to announce three permanent art installations by Squamish-based artist Christina Nick.