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Below are links to websites and resources related to the built environment and health:

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners

Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit 

The Impact of the Built Envrironment on Health - a report published by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit providing an overview of how the built environment affects public health.

Driven to Action: Stopping Sprawl in Your Community - a series of resources from the David Suzuki Foundation that includes a report about sprawl and a citizens' action toolkit.

Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities - a position paper by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) emphasizing the importance of healthy urban design, active transportation and green infrastructure.

Shaping Healthy Active Communities Toolkit - a toolkit developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help individuals and organizations who are interested in making their communities more supportive of physical activity through active, healthy community design.

Planning by Design: A Healthy Communities Handbook- a joint publication by OPPI and the Ontario Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs.

Plan for the Needs of Children and Youth - an OPPI (Ontario Professional Planners Institute) Call to Action proposing that Ontario municipalities endorse 21 child and youth friendly land-use and transportation guidelines.

Promoting Public Health Through Smart Growth - a report by Smart Growth BC detailing how our built environment shapes our transportation choices and in turn, human health.

Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) – Healthy Communities and the Built Environment – a project aimed at creating healthy communities that optimize human health and prevent chronic disease.

Complete Streets Evaluation: Understanding Complete Streets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region - A tool developed by the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation which outlines performance indicators to assess the effectiveness of Complete Street projects.

Active Transportation Policy Case Studies documenting policy development in three Canadian municipalities – Vancouver, Red Deer and Hamilton. 

Active Transportation Policy Case Study Summary Sheets providing an overview of the cases, and highlighting key cross-case themes:  evidence, framing, public engagement, partners, and public health roles.

Canadian Municipal Active Transportation Policy Map with more than 4000 municipalities across Canada we need your help to find and add active transportation policies – it is easy to add your jurisdiction’s policy to the map, simply click here!


Prevention Policies Directory provides bilingual access to Canadian cancer and chronic disease prevention policies at the federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels, including policies on the built environment and active transportation.

Canadian Provincial/Territorial Active Transportation Policy Map


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