Community Wellbeing


We are developing a Community Wellbeing Strategy to help create a City where everyone belongs.

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The City of North Vancouver is developing a Community Wellbeing Strategy to plan for the services, resources, amenities, activities, and places that will help our community thrive. The Strategy will serve as a guide for how we make decisions about social infrastructure over the next 10 years.

We are currently undertaking public consultation on the draft Vision, Goals, and Strategies. Have your say and share your feedback by October 31 at 5pm.

What is the Community Wellbeing Strategy?

Planning for community wellbeing means identifying strategies and actions that will help people live healthy, happy, and fulfilled lives in the City of North Vancouver, even as our community, and the world around us, evolves. 

The Community Wellbeing Strategy will be our guide for civic decision-making that considers important topics, such as:  

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  community resiliency
  neighbourhood design
  affordable housing
  public safety
  discrimination, marginalization, and racism
  reconciliation
  health and wellness
  children, youth, families, and seniors
  infrastructure
  partnerships and advocacy
  poverty reduction

 
 

How Will the Strategy be Used?

The Community Wellbeing Strategy will provide: 

  a vision and goals for our collective future;
  strategies to help us meet these goals; and
  actions we can take to build a caring City where everyone belongs.

 

The Process

The new Community Wellbeing Strategy will replace the City's Social Plan developed in 1998. While we have achieved many goals set in that plan, our community and the world around us is evolving. Our community is facing a number of challenges – some are global in nature, many are unique to our region, and others are specific to the City.

A new strategy is needed to provide direction, support decision-making and manage change in this context of changing local needs, shifting demands, limited resources and increasingly complex issues. 

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The Community Wellbeing Strategy framework was developed based on:

  • existing plans and policies including the 1998 Social Plan and 2014 Official Community Plan
  • community input from the You Me Us process in 2018-19, and ongoing stakeholder engagement
  • current trends, best practices, and precedent research
  • gaps identified in our current programs and services
  • public health information
  • City’s related work on: Housing Needs Report; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Reconciliation Action Plan; Child Care Action Plan; Mobility Strategy; and Environment Strategy
Strategy Framework

A City where everyone belongs.

The vision is intended to recognize that the City must serve a variety of needs. Building a City where everyone belongs is a commitment to progressing health, happiness, potential, and quality of life for everyone. 

Goals

The 20 emerging strategies are broad statements that provide direction towards achieving the goals. They are organized under four themes:

Healthy Design

Creating places and spaces that are designed to support physical and mental health and resiliency

  • Create a ’15 minute city’ with daily needs close to home
  • Grow opportunities for connection and inclusion through the design of social places
  • Enable physical, locational, and financial access for all to participate in civic life
  • Build our community’s capacity to respond to and recover from adversity

Human Essentials

Prioritizing essential needs relating to suitable, affordable housing, sufficient healthy food, equitable opportunities, health, and safety

  • Improve the diversity and affordability of housing of all types, sizes, and tenures
  • Work to enhance services based on housing as a foundation for addressing complex needs
  • Improve food system accessibility, affordability, coordination, and access to healthy food
  • Cultivate a City that is engaged, equitable and inclusive, where diversity is celebrated
  • Value, foster, and develop strong relationships with the Indigenous community
  • Increase safety and the feeling of safety for all
  • Embed mental health into City services and policies, and actively support initiatives

Supporting People

Creating resources and opportunities that enable people to improve their wellbeing in ways that are responsive to their individual needs and experiences

  • Provide family-friendly services, housing, transportation, employment, child care, etc.
  • Improve our age-friendly City and foster seniors’ roles and contributions
  • Improve accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care in the City
  • Provide a supportive environment to help people move out of poverty
  • Enhance and expand social infrastructure to meet a range of needs and uses

Working Together

Developing a network of partnerships and support to achieve the City’s objectives together.

  • Build equitable and supportive partnerships to meet community needs
  • Champion and advocate to senior levels of government to provide needed supports
  • Act as an engaged partner with non-profit, social, and community agencies     
  • Shape growth and investment to focus on social priorities and share the benefits of growth

Strategy Overview

Strategy Framework

Draft Vision

A City where everyone belongs.

The vision is intended to recognize that the City must serve a variety of needs. Building a City where everyone belongs is a commitment to progressing health, happiness, potential, and quality of life for everyone. 

Draft Goals

Goals

Draft Strategies

The 20 emerging strategies are broad statements that provide direction towards achieving the goals. They are organized under four themes:

Healthy Design

Creating places and spaces that are designed to support physical and mental health and resiliency

  • Create a ’15 minute city’ with daily needs close to home
  • Grow opportunities for connection and inclusion through the design of social places
  • Enable physical, locational, and financial access for all to participate in civic life
  • Build our community’s capacity to respond to and recover from adversity

Human Essentials

Prioritizing essential needs relating to suitable, affordable housing, sufficient healthy food, equitable opportunities, health, and safety

  • Improve the diversity and affordability of housing of all types, sizes, and tenures
  • Work to enhance services based on housing as a foundation for addressing complex needs
  • Improve food system accessibility, affordability, coordination, and access to healthy food
  • Cultivate a City that is engaged, equitable and inclusive, where diversity is celebrated
  • Value, foster, and develop strong relationships with the Indigenous community
  • Increase safety and the feeling of safety for all
  • Embed mental health into City services and policies, and actively support initiatives

Supporting People

Creating resources and opportunities that enable people to improve their wellbeing in ways that are responsive to their individual needs and experiences

  • Provide family-friendly services, housing, transportation, employment, child care, etc.
  • Improve our age-friendly City and foster seniors’ roles and contributions
  • Improve accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care in the City
  • Provide a supportive environment to help people move out of poverty
  • Enhance and expand social infrastructure to meet a range of needs and uses

Working Together

Developing a network of partnerships and support to achieve the City’s objectives together.

  • Build equitable and supportive partnerships to meet community needs
  • Champion and advocate to senior levels of government to provide needed supports
  • Act as an engaged partner with non-profit, social, and community agencies     
  • Shape growth and investment to focus on social priorities and share the benefits of growth

 

We Want to Hear From You

We need all voices.

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Now that you have some background about the Community Wellbeing Strategy, we'd like to welcome your feedback. 

  • Read our Survey Guide to learn more. 
  • Share your feedback using our Online Survey by October 31, 2021 (5:00pm). 
  • Encourage others to share their voice by sending them a link, sharing on social media, or giving them a call. We need everyone’s voice to help shape our collective future! 

Due to current Provincial health guidelines for physical distancing, we will be engaging online. If you or someone you know would prefer a printed copy of the Survey Guide, you can download one or contact us at at wellbeing@cnv.org or 604-983-7357 and we'll arrange a safe way for you to receive a copy.

In addition to engaging with the community, we're continuing to have conversations with stakeholders, committees, organizations, partners, and more. 

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