Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone
November 20 & 21, 2017hc link conference flyer EN official
BMO Institute for Learning, Toronto



A community is only healthy when all of its members are valued, heard, involved, and engaged.

HC Link’s 2017 conference will be a safe, open space for curiosity, self-reflection and conversation about how to work across difference to build more inclusive communities. Sessions will cover equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion and allyship, with a focus on youth, ethnoracial, Francophone, and Indigenous communities.

The event will feature inspiring and informative presentations, engaging small group activities, interactive workshops as well as opportunities for sharing and networking with colleagues from across Ontario. Portions of the event will be held in French to meet the specific needs of Francophone populations.

Linking for Healthy Communities 2017 will explore how communities can work with EVERYONE to create communities healthy for EVERYONE.

Check out our Keynote Speaker, Kim Katrin Milan as she introduces you to some of the themes and concepts we'll be exploring at this year's conference. 

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At this conference, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Build your understanding of equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion and allyship.

  • Ask questions, reflect, and learn in a safe space for open conversation.

  • Learn to work across difference with diverse groups to advance your collective efforts.

  • Gain practical strategies to build inclusive communities.

  • Come out of your silo! Connect and share with conference participants from many sectors and from across Ontario.

See the conference program to learn more!



  • Anyone interested in what makes a community healthy
  • Anyone who values diversity and wants to build more inclusive communities
  • Anyone who wants to talk to and learn from people who are different from themselves
  • Anyone who works in or with community groups, organizations, networks and partnerships
  • People who speak English and/or French

If you work in healthy communities, community development, health promotion or the social determinants of health, the Linking for Healthy Communities conference is for you!


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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.

2015 Conference Program


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


2013 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change

HC Link's 2013 provincial conference, Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change, was held in Toronto on November 12 and 13. The conference theme was Creating community change... by engaging our communities, working in partnership and fostering environments and conditions that support health. 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.

Conference Program

Conference Proceedings

Post-conference Resources

2011 Conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Building from Within

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.