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Other Community Sustainability Work

The Fraser Basin Council works collaboratively on a wide variety of local and regional projects, including some that span multiple communities. Here are a few highlights from past years.

Smart Planning for Communities


The Smart Planning for Communities (SPC) program, managed by FBC, offered advice and support to over 100 BC communities, thanks to a team of dedicated sustainability facilitators. It was gratifying to support communities, large and small, in their quest to create more sustainable ways for people to live, work and play.

The program (2008-2016) helped BC communities understand and undertake integrated community sustainability planning in a manner consistent with each community’s vision for the future and taking into account social, economic and environmental considerations.

With financial support from a number of partners, including the Real Estate Foundation of BC, SPC offered education, resources and advice to local and First Nations governments, particularly in rural communities, to help them carry out community sustainability planning. Communities fulfilled their undertakings in various ways, some through stand-alone sustainability plans and others through Official Community Plans, asset management plans, climate change action plans or policy statements.

An important outcome of the program was strengthening connections and relationships between local governments, and between local and First Nations governments.

To learn more, see Assessing Impact: Select 2009-2010 Community Profiles and the 2016 wrap-up report on implementation of community sustainability plans, including what participating communities saw as pivotal to success: Implementation of Community Sustainability Plans by BC’s Local Governments.

BC Rural Network

The BC Rural Network was a multi-year collaborative program hosted by the Fraser Basin Council through the Cariboo-Chilcotin team. The Network worked to build stronger rural and remote communities across the province and promote a better understanding of rural issues by:

  • disseminating information, tools and resources of importance to rural and remote communities in BC
  • creating links between communities, rural organizations and policy makers that work on issues of importance to rural and remote communities
  • providing a forum for rural and remote communities and organizations to voice concerns and issues, and learn from each other.

Thanks to all the communities that participated in the Network over the years.

Project Comeback: Ways to Have Young People Stay

Project Comeback was a two-year (2012-2014) project in BC rural communities that was aimed at better understanding and meeting the needs of young people. Many rural communities were struggling with the twin demographic trends of youth out-migration and an aging baby boomer population. These trends triggered concerns, including the prospect that some local businesses would close without young people to take them over. Through Project Comeback, communities connected with youth through surveys, interviews and workshops for their view. These were the basis of pilot projects designed to help attract, engage and retain youth.

The project was managed by the BC Rural Network, with support from the Fraser Basin Council and federal-provincial funding.

Youth surveyed said they value “a sense of community," social activities and events, as well as opportunities for employment, training, recreation, access to health services and quality of life. Read about their views in Project Comeback: Creating vibrant rural communities by retaining and attracting a young adult population.

Human Health Risk Assessment

The Fraser Basin Council oversaw the first of a three-phase human health risk assessment and brought forward health concerns about oil and gas development in northeastern British Columbia. FBC carried out Phase 1 for the BC Ministry of Health and submitted a report at the end of March, 2012. The report and a related compendium are available on the Ministry’s website.

Phase 2 was subsequently carried out by environmental and health consulting firm Intrinsik for the Ministry.

The Human Health Risk Assessment was a three-phase project to identify, explore and assess concerns about human health relating to oil and gas development in Northeastern British Columbia. The full risk assessment consists of three phases: 1) a public engagement to identify health concerns, 2) a human health risk assessment based on findings from Phase 1 and 3) a report to the Province, stakeholders and the public.

hhra_report_fan_175.jpgPhase 1 of Human Health Risk Assessment:
Identifying Health Concerns Relating to Oil and Gas Development in Northeastern BC

Download from BC Ministry of Health:
Report | Compendium of Submissions





Sustainability Indicators and State of the Basin Conference

Sustainability indicators are select data that help reflect social, economic and environmental health and that are tracked over time with a view to ascertaining trends and the state of sustainability. The Fraser Basin Council began an indicators program in 2000, with a primary emphasis on sustainability of the Fraser Basin. The goals were:

  • increase public awareness and understanding about sustainability
  • identify critical issues and responses to improve progress
  • inform decisions and influence actions
  • advance sustainability.

Between 2003 and 2011 FBC published a series of Sustainability Snapshot reports on social, economic and environmental indicators for the Fraser Basin as a whole and for specific Basin Communities — including Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal Relations, Climate Change, Air Quality, Agriculture, Energy, Education, and more. Each report was supplemented by case examples and opportunities for action. The reports were featured at State of Fraser Basin Conferences hosted by the Fraser Basin Council in Vancouver in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Here are the reports:


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.