Planning Resources


This section supplies a high-level compilation of links to research and reference sources.

Local GovernmentThe Local Government Act requires an Official Community Plan (OCP) to include housing policies respecting affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing. The legislation also allows a local government to include policies in the OCP relating to social needs, social well-being and social development. For more information, visit the Social Planning website, hosted by the Local Government Department of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

Social Planning and Research Council of BC focuses on social justice and works together with communities on accessibility, community development, income security and social planning. The Regional Contacts page has contact information for more than 70 community social planning organizations and municipal advisory committees in B.C.

United Native Nations addresses the political and socio-economic concerns of non-status Aboriginals in British Columbia.

BC Rural Network is a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals who share a commitment to building the capacity of British Columbia to develop responses to rural and remote community issues.

Canada's Rural Partnership is the key policy framework supporting federal rural policy efforts, whose goal is to enhance the quality of life in rural communities and better equip the communities to compete in a global economy.

Northern Development Ministers Forum advances the diverse and common interests of Northerners while raising awareness among decision-makers and the public about the accomplishments, contributions and potential of the North.

Canada West Foundation explores public policy issues of particular interest to western Canadians, to test national policies against regional aspirations and to ensure an effective regional voice in national policy discussions and the national political process.

Community Research Connections is dedicated to the sustainable features of Canadian communities, exploring how to reconcile ecological, social, and economic imperatives through integration of our culture and arts.

Creative City Network of Canada is an organization of municipal staff working in communities across Canada on arts, cultural and heritage policy, planning, development and support.

Visit the Local Government Department pages of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for information about provincial government's relationship with and responsibilities around local governments in British Columbia.

BC Stats is a rich resource for detailed information about British Columbia. Data can be searched by geography, by subject or by keyword. Demographic data is also available.

Integrated Cadastral Information Society facilitates collaborative solutions for the efficient creation, integration and maintenance of timely, accessible and accurate province-wide spatial data.

The Fraser Institute measures and studies the impacts of markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social and economic environmental justice. Visit the BC Regional office.

BC Progress Board measures and benchmarks BC's performance over time and relative to other jurisdictions, to determine if competitiveness and quality of life are improving. Check out the overview of topics and full reports.

UNBC Community Development Institute at UNBC focuses on communities in Northern BC. It undertakes research, shares information, and supports education outreach around community capacity and community development.

Community colleges and B.C. universities offer on campus and distance programs.

Planning Institute of British Columbia is an association of professional planners in British Columbia and the Yukon, who work in the public service and the private sector, in a wide variety of fields including land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning and economic development.

The Conference Board of Canada produces research on economic performance and trends, education and learning, energy, environment, transportation, health, human resource management, immigration, leadership and governance.

C.D. Howe Institute promotes the application of independent research and analysis to major economic and social issues affecting the quality of life of Canadians in all regions of the country. Research areas include fiscal and monetary policy, social policy, governance and public institutions, international and trade policy, and economic growth and innovation.

The Macleod Institute focuses on program evaluations, environmental management (including cumulative effects and climate change), and performance benchmarking.

Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country: population, resources, economy, society and culture.

Policy Horizons Canada produces early stage research for the federal government. It spans the policy research community inside and outside of government and the policy development community within government on issues likely to arise as policy priorities for the federal government over the coming three to five years.