The Health Network has been holding a series of Transport Tables in regional and remote communities with a view to moving towards a regional and remote transport plan.
Transport was sited as a significant impediment to childhood resilience in west coast communities through the West Coast Childhood Resilience project.
Other health networks have had great success with transport projects and we hope that in 2018 we will be able to host a forum to kick off a Strathcona transport conversation.
Thanks to Plan H for their support of this project:
Gold River and Tsa'xana Transport Feasibility Study
In August 2018 the Health Network asked the Strathcona Regional District to submit a Plan H grant application to conduct a Feasibility Study to look into the major themes from the meeting (see media coverage for more information)
Transport Table held on 23 November 2018 to agree scope for Feasibility Study - see the minutes here.
The Gold River and Tsa’xana Transport Feasibility Study was released in mid 2019 and found that strategically future projects would be best focused on Community Buses - both between Gold River and Tsa’xana and between the communities and Campbell River.
Gold River and Tsa'xana Transport Table
On May 16, 2018 the Health Network partnered with the Gold River Children's Health Hub to host Transport Table
Major themes were in relation to walking/riding connection between Gold River and Tsa'xana, bus services between Gold River and Tsa'xana, and bus services to Campbell River
See the Minutes for more information.
Zeballos, Ehattesaht, Oclucje, Kyuquot & Surrounding Areas
On July 24, 2018 we held a Transport Table in Zeballos
A group also called in from Kyuquot
Major themes were in relation to the state of the road, emergency transport, and access to healthy food
See the Minutes for more information
Strategic Plan: Transport
Centres in the Strathcona region are dispersed and sparsely populated, making access to affordable, reliable transportation difficult. Transport is intrinsically related to access to healthy and affordable food and is also has an influence on and is influenced by housing and housing insecurity. Access to affordable, reliable transport is also tied to mental health, physical health and regional prosperity.
Transport in regional and remote areas was identified as a high priority area at both Health Network forums in 2015. There are limited transport initiatives and groups in place, and an opportunity for the Network to convene discussions about improving transport has been identified.
Data sources: Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (June 2015), Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (November 2015), Island Health LHA Report 84, Island Health LHA Report 72.