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Civic Engagement Webinars, HC Link

February 24 and March 23, 2016

These webinars from HC Link are the second and third of a three part series on Civic Engagement. The first webinar of the series, Engaging Citizens for Healthy Communities -- Current challenges and approaches, was presented on October 20, 2015; you can access the webinar slides and recording at

An Introduction to Engaging in the Review of your Official Plan
February 24, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

During this webinar we will:

  • Explain how the processes for reviewing Official Plans are opportunities for civic engagement, and the benefits of getting involved in your local OP review;
  • Provide a brief overview of the policy and planning system in Ontario (e.g., the Planning Act and the Provincial Policy Statement);
  • Clarify how you can actively promote and support the creation of Healthy Communities in your area through an OP review process;
  • Refer you to tools and resources that you can use; and
  • Offer concrete examples of how reviews of local Official Plans are helping to advance active transportation and food system planning.

For more information or to register, please visit

Inclusive Civic Engagement
March 23, 2016, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT

Building strong, healthy communities is not easy. The decline of community life has been well documented, and is often related to stresses such as poverty, precarious work, juggling competing demands, and also as a consequence of suburbanization, increased home entertainment, higher rates of mobility and globalization. Many communities feel disconnected from public policy development and decision-making, resulting in lower voter turnout and cynicism about political accountability. Socially vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples, immigrants, refugees, racial/cultural minorities, and economically marginalized groups often find it difficult to participate effectively in political life. There are often challenges associated with attaining leadership roles in non-profit community organizations, through which community members can increase their involvement in policy development and decision-making. In this webinar we will identify barriers to civic engagement, and discuss strategies for supporting people from all walks of life to become involved, connected and engaged in their communities and local government.

For more information or to register, please visit