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Built Environment


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.

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

Promoting Public Health Through Smart Growth

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)

Canadian Municipal Active Transportation Policy Map a tool which interactively highlights active transportation policies across the country, and provides users with the ability to submit policies and evidence related to policy development or implementation. 


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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