Healthy City Strategy
Our built environment, including homes, neighbourhoods, schools, streets, workplaces and parks, are the places and spaces in which we live, work, play and learn. When strategically designed, these places can reduce obesity and chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and improve our well-being and social connections.
Like many other cities around the world, Kelowna is grappling with how to build a vibrant, healthy and sustainable city in the face of challenges including climate change, a growing prevalence of chronic health conditions and an aging population.
We have partnered with the Interior Health Authority to develop the Healthy City Strategy, a long-term, integrative plan that focuses on healthy places and spaces, community health and quality of life for all Kelowna residents.
This strategy will promote integrated decision making and is proposed to be a companion document to the Official Community Plan, with implementable actions in six theme areas.
Community for All
As part of the Healthy City Strategy, City planners and Interior Health public health practitioners worked together on the first of six theme areas: creating a community for all. The Community for All Action Plan identifies areas to adapt policies, plans and programs to respond to the evolving needs of our community.
Healthy Housing Strategy
The broader topic of housing is a community-wide issue that directly impacts people's physical and social health. As part of the Healthy City Strategy, City planners and Interior Health public health practitioners worked together with a focus on the second of six theme areas: healthy housing. They created the Healthy Housing Strategy.
Kelowna is leading the change by example, demonstrating our commitment to reduce corporate GHG emissions and create efficient compact communities. The Community Climate Action Plan and the Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan identify new opportunities for both the community and corporation to reduce emissions.
Community Trends Report & population/demographic stats
Detailed population and demographic information can be found in the 2016 census data for Kelowna. You can find additional information through BC Stats. Each year, the Community Trends Report focuses on a different theme, while also providing the community with a resource for basic statistical and demographic data that can be used as the foundation for organizational and program planning and development, policy analysis and community development.