BC Community Health Atlas FAQs

Anyone involved in local-level decision-making and planning for community health initiatives can benefit from the Atlas. This broad audience may include:

  • Health authorities
  • Local governments
  • School districts
  • Community groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Researchers
  • Decision-makers at the community and municipal levels

The Atlas contains over 200 indicators related to community health and well-being, grouped into ten themes:

  • Health
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Demographic profile
  • Economic conditions
  • Labour market conditions
  • Education (including sub-themes on healthy behaviours within schools, safety at school, and school environment)

Indicators can be mapped by local health area or by school district.

Two user guides have been developed to help you learn how to use the Atlas:

Data sources include BC Stats, the BC Stats Socio-Economic Profiles, the Ministry of Health (Chronic Disease Registries and Vital Statistics), Statistics Canada (2006 and 2011 Census of Canada), and the Ministry of Education (School Satisfactory Survey, Foundational Skills Assessment).

For additional information on the BC Community Health Atlas, contact PHSA Population & Public Health.