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Current Policy Initiatives

Child Care

In February 2018, the provincial government made a significant commitment to quality, accessible and affordable child care in British Columbia by investing $1 billion over the next three years to start building a universal system for BC’s children, families and the economy.  The Province also released the document, Child Care B.C. Caring for Kids, Lifting Up Families: The Path to Universal Child Care, which details the government’s values, vision and steps on how they will create universal child care in BC. Child Care BC includes: reducing child care fees for parents, creating new licensed spaces, investing in the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) work-force, and investments in child care for Indigenous communities.

To build on this work and add to the discussion on child care, UBCM and the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC (CCCABC) have collaborated on a project to better understand child care needs in small, rural and remote communities. 

In May 2018, with input from CCCABC, UBCM launched a survey to local governments, asking about their child care needs. The two groups also conducted six in-person interviews with local governments, and others, in the Peace River/Northeast region of BC in July 2018.

The final report, Child Care Needs in Small, Rural and Remote Communities in British Columbiaprovides a summary of the survey and in-person meeting results. A number of recommendations were suggested by the local governments and are also presented in the report. 

Poverty Reduction 

Responding to the provincial goverment's call for feedback on the development of a BC Poverty Reduction Strategy,  UBCM provided a submission in March 2018, which included a review of member resolutions on poverty reduction, child care, food security, homelessess and housing, and income and disability assistance. According to the government website, all feedback from stakeholders will be collected in a "What We Heard" document in June 2018, with legislation brought forward in Fall 2018. 

UBCM's previous work on poverty reduction included the Community Poverty Reduction Strategy that ran from 2012- 2015. The Strategy was a pilot project jointly initiated by UBCM and the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 7  communities- Cranbrook, Kamloops, New Westminster, Port Hardy, Prince George, Stewart and Surrey. A part time Family Consultant was appointed to each community to work collaboratively with community partners to build local teams, with the goals of identifying the key barriers families face, connecting families to the services they need, and creating community plans that innovatively work towards addressing the barriers of families living in poverty.

In September 2015, the Ministry announced that the Strategy would move from a pilot project to an ongoing initiative. Family Consultants will remain in the  communities to continue their work with families and the larger community. A summary of UBCM's Poverty Reduction Efforts and our involvement in the Community Poverty Reduction Strategies Initiatve was released in the Compass on October 28. Other documents and reports can be found in the left hand column under Policy Documents and Resources. 

Community Paramedicine

In 2014, the provincial government launched the Community Paramedicine Initiative, which uses paramedics in an expanded role in rural and remote areas of the Province. The goal is to shift away from an existing emphasis on pre-hospital emergency care to a model that includes prevention, health promotion and primary health care. It is a strategy deployed in communities that have limited access to health services, and are seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary cost to the system overall. Services would include such home visits, blood sugar and blood pressure testing, and seniors care to assist with aging in place. This initiative will create at least 80 net new FTEs to support the implementation of community paramedicine programs in BC. UBCM is a member of the Advisory Committee for this initiative.

Healthy Families BC Communities

UBCM continues to work with the provincial government on the Healthy Families BC Communities Initiative, which was launched in 2011. This initiative is intended to support communities and local governments in prioritizing health actions in areas such as physical activity, healthy eating tobacco reduction, healthy built environments and priority populations/key settings to reduce chronic disease and promote healthy weights. As part of this Strategy, the Ministry of Health is working with the BC Healthy Communities Society to provide resources to local governments through the PlanH website.

Healthy Built Environments

The Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Alliance includes representation from UBCM. The Alliance created a HBE toolkit designed to assist planners, health care professionals and local governments to include health as part of the discussion on land use decisions. The Toolkit is an evidence-based and expert-informed resource on the topic of health and the built environment and is available online.

Healthy Built Environment Linkages: A Toolkit for Design ? Planning ? Health

Policy Documents & Resources

Policy documents and resources relevant to the work of the Health and Social Development Committee.

Related Programs

Please refer to Funding Programs for information on funding programs administered by UBCM in support of community health initiatives.

Policy Scope

The Health & Social Development Committee oversees health related policy in the context of local government interests. The Committee's primary focus is on health promotion and disease prevention initiatives and policy directions that assist communities to be proactive in addressing community health problems. The Committee will continue to address a number of health issues including: health care funding, remote and rural healthcare, healthy built environments, and physical activity.


Marylyn Chiang
Senior Policy Analyst
mchiang@ เว็บพนันบอลไทย www.filmfactoryboston.com
604 270 8226 ext. 110

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