HC Link’s conference brings together people from a variety of sectors across Ontario to learn and share experiences and strategies for building healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities. The event draws those from community networks, organizations and groups working in various English and francophone settings. Learn more about HC Link’s past conferences.Once again, the event will be held at BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto.

Mark November 20 & 21 in your calendar and watch for further details in the weeks ahead!



2015 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change

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On November 12 and 13, HC Link’s 2015 conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Action for Change - brought together over 150 people from a variety of settings to learn and share experiences and ideas for building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities. The two-day event featured an amazing line-up of keynote speakers, panelists, workshop facilitators and story presenters that informed and inspired participants to create Action for Change in their communities.

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Linking for Healthy Communities 2015 Conference Highlights offer photos and highlights from all plenary and concurrent sessions, including links to slides and additional information. It also provides ways HC Link can help build upon the connections and momentum started at the conference.

Conference Program

Presenter Bios 

Conference Resources

Video Interview with Dave Meslin on advocacy and how to influence change:

Video Interview with David Courtemanche on what makes for effective advocacy:

David Courtemanche - Breathing Life Into Policy Change 

Concurrent Session Block A 

Play Safe Initiative: Collaborating to reduce injury in physical activity  

Active Outdoor Play Position Statement: Nature, risk & children's well‐being

Talk the Walk: Engaging municipal leaders to support walkability

What Do I Do Now? Communicating evaluation results for action

Lessons learned for effective evaluation in a complex community‐based project

Community Hubs: Hopes for the health sector

Engaging Nail Salon Workers to Improve Working Conditions 

Moving to Action with Inclusion Research

Concurrent Session Block B

Active Offer is Everyone’s Business

The Active Offer: A simple tool to offer French Language Services

Introduction to the Circle of Health: A tool for advancing community health 

Conversations to Build Community: Shared hopes, Shared actions

Increasing Organizational Capacity for Building Resilient Youth: A community approach 

Concurrent Session Block C

Built Environments: Just add water

The Doable Neighbourhood Project: Building healthier Ontario communities

Alice in Wonderland: The adventures in partnerships

Healthy Food For All: Local sustainable food systems

Starting a Community Conversation about Health in All Policies

Can our streets make us healthier? Open Streets can!

Minden Riverwalk: Collective efforts achieve community impacts

Developing Innovative Solutions to Address Transportation in Rural Communities

Let's Talk Food Lambton Community Food Assessmen

A Healthy Communities Vision and Municipal Asset Inventory Tool  

Concurrent Session Block D

Community Vitality & Belonging: Measuring what matters with the Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Healthy Community Design: Active community toolkit for reviewing development plans

YouthLinks: Making connections to build healthier futures for racialized youth

Thank you to our sponsors! 

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


HC Link gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of the Physical Activity Resource Centre, a resource centre partner, for their support of simultaneous interpretation as well as the morning plenary activity on day two.


2013 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change

Conference Program

Presenter Bios

Conference Proceedings

Post-conference Resources

HC Link's 2013 provincial conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change, was held at the Novotel Toronto Centre on November 12 and 13.

This year's conference theme was Creating community change... by engaging our communities, working in partnership and fostering environments and conditions that support health.

This year, 160 people from many diverse sectors, in many diverse roles all came together to learn, network and share - with the common goal of creating healthier communities.

We were pleased to offer simultaneous interpretation of our partially bilingual program, sponsored in part by Éducavie, and a livestreaming option for those who were not able to join in person.

We also partnered with Canada Walks who awarded Ontario's first WALK Friendly community designations at our conference.

2011 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Building from Within

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This conference allowed participants to learn more about community-led change, engaging community leaders and hard-to-reach populations, using evaluation to improve outcomes, and using asset-based approaches to community planning and development.