National Take Action Plans
National Taking Action Plan: Behaviour Change
There is a clear desire to activate more Canadians to take responsible actions to reduce the spread of invasive species. Over time, the goal is to have a rich range of resources that are used across Canada with key target audiences. CCIS's National Taking Action Plan: A Behaviour Change Action Plan to Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species in Canada provides the foundation for the development of specific program areas including:
- Develop and maintain an inventory of current behaviour change programs in Canada in a National Resource Center hub (this website);
- Create a national ‘Taking Action’ plan, built on the principles of behaviour change, that clearly identifies key current and future programs initiatives for CCIS
- Current examples include programs such as: Clean Drain Dry, PlantWise, PlayCleanGo
- Create a central source and hub for ‘behaviour change’ programs including messaging and resources that can be used across the country;
- Build common messaging for key target audiences
- Create templates of resources and branding information to create a consistent message and image across jurisdictions
- Establish a partnership system to enable easy access by provincial or territorial organizations
- Establish and monitor success for each program
- Seek national partners, including government and business, for the development of national Taking Action programs.
National Outreach and Youth Education
The Invasive Species Council of British Columbia (ISCBC) has devoted significant resources to develop youth education strategies regarding invasive species that are available for use across Canada. ISCBC's website outlines a series of activities and educational materials to help youth of all ages to understand the impacts and concerns about invasive species. CCIS recommends the use of these established materials as a foundation for outreach and youth education strategies for Canada, for application in school curriculums and to be utilized by the diverse range of educators and youth programs across the country.