In 2004, CMHC partnered with local governments in British Columbia to deliver pilot workshops on “Sustainable Planning and Development for Small Communities”



Workshops Overview

For the past decade, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has collaborated with local governments across British Coiumbia to conduct a workshop series titled Sustainable Planning and Development for Small Communities.

Dawson creek workshop - lance jakubec of cmhc“The workshop is designed specifically for municipal decision makers — people responsible for community planning and development. The workshop lays a solid conceptual foundation and at the same time provides practical approaches and decision-making tools to help participants engage in successful sustainable development,” explains Lance Jacubec, workshop leader for British Columbia.

A pilot series of workshops was undertaken in 2004. The City of Quesnel in British Columbia’s Central Interior region was one of the first municipalities to step forward and volunteer to partner with CMHC.


Five Modules

Providing a real-world Canadian perspective on a wide range of issues associated with managing physical infrastructure, Sustainable Planning and Development for Small Communities helps participants determine how to meet the long-term demands of their evolving municipalities. The workshop program comprises five modules:

  1. What is Sustainable Development?
  2. Transportation, Energy and Materials Management
  3. Water, Waste Water and Storm Water Systems
  4. Housing and Community Policy and Regulatory Tools
  5. Community Participation Tools and Practices

“Of all the infrastructure concerns a municipality faces, water systems are among the most crucial. This module deals with these systems at length, sharing best practices and providing abundant real-world examples from Canadian municipalities,” emphasizes Lance Jacubec.


Posted August 2012