Social Planning

Social Planning

Learn how social planning's playing an important role in creating a healthy, vibrant and socially sustainable community.

Social Planning is about building a strong and healthy community.  Unlike other forms of town planning that focus on the physical or environmental characteristics of a town, social planning focuses on the people.

Social Planning plays a key role in facilitating collaborative approaches to complex social issues and cuts across many different community plans and strategies.

We're currently focused on few issues:

  1. Children and Youth
  2. Child Poverty Reduction Pilot Project
  3. Healthy Community

Children and Youth

Our goal is to:

  • Increase opportunities for children and youth to meaningfully engage in civic issues and contribute to the community.
  • Create vibrant public spaces that promote social connections and play.
  • Increase young people's interaction with access to nature.

Council focuses and program areas:

  1. Engagement – Providing opportunities for children and youth to participate in and contribute to civic life.
  2. Physical Environment – A natural and built environment that supports the healthy development of children and youth.
  3. Civic Services – Recreation, library and cultural services that are framed around the developmental needs of children and youth.

Child Poverty Reduction Pilot Project

The Ministry of Children and Family Development appointed seven community poverty strategy consultants to forge partnerships with local governments, community organizations and local businesses. The consultants will co-ordinate and lead community teams in developing action plans that address the needs of families living in poverty. The strategies will optimize existing resources and will initially focus on families with children living in poverty. They will be guided by feedback from town hall meetings, community discussions and conversations with low-income families and individuals vulnerable to poverty. Key to developing successful strategies is recognition that each community has distinctive needs and resources.

Healthy Community

The District of Stewart is participated in a Healthy Community Development project.

Healthy Community Development is a small program within the Population Health Department at Northern Heath.

Healthy Community Development is based on the idea that if we can help people stay healthy and out of the health care system it will it save tax payer dollars in a time when money is tight but the health needs and age of our populations are increasing. This will contribute to a more sustainable health care system.  More important than the dollars we could save, though, are the “other” costs associated with ill-health.  People who are sick lose a lot – mobility, independence, income, self-esteem and quality and quantity of life.  Their family and friends worry about them and miss having them actively participating in life's activities and events. The spirit and soul of our families and communities are diminished.

In the North, with our smaller and scattered communities, these social costs have an even greater impact because we are all so closely connected to each other. The early and avoidable death of a valued community member will impact the whole community, because everybody knows each other. We have a connectedness to one another that heightens grief and loss. Because we have smaller populations, the loss of one community member can be the loss of a valuable library of memories, skills and history.

2021-2025 Five Year Financial Plan

POSTED: March 3, 2021

The District of Stewart Council invites public comment on Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 983, 2021 which covers the 2021-2025 Operating and Capital Budgets.
For more information, please see the Notice that includes the Bylaw as well as comment/question process.

Homeowner Grant Changes for 2021

POSTED: March 1, 2021

Effective 2021, all Home Owner Grant applications must be submitted directly to the B.C. Provincial government through a secure online application.
Please see the document in this link regarding the new way to apply for your Homeowner Grant.

Public Notice:  Water Distribution System

POSTED: February 26, 2021

The District has recently become aware of concerns regarding discolored water in various parts of town - for more info, please see the attached Notice.

Supporting Local Businesses Through Tourism

POSTED: July 31, 2020

The District is supporting local businesses by utilizing an NDIT grant to promote Stewart tourism within BC. View BC Magazine's great feature on Stewart!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: October 22, 2019

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 23, 2019

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

Dedication of “Family Quiet Room” at the Stewart Health Centre

POSTED: July 18, 2019

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation