Active Neighbourhoods: Project Background

TCAT is the provincial lead in Ontario for the Active Neighbourhoods Canada partnership to co-design active cities. Along with our partners, the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Sustainable Calgary Society, together we have refined a participatory planning approach initially developed by MUEC (between 2008-2013) through their Green, Active, and Healthy Neighbourhoods pilot project.

Between 2013 and 2017, TCAT worked on four Active Neighbourhoods Canada projects in Ontario. In 2017, we received additional funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to continue our Active Neighbourhoods Canada work.

Between 2017 and 2020, we are scaling up our efforts and expanding the reach of our successful approach to benefit additional Canadian communities. We are leveraging the knowledge developed in the first phase in order to transform professional practice and policies, and equip decision-makers and communities to create active and healthy communities.

In the long term, we aim for 3 types of changes:

  • Individual behaviour, through changes to the built environment;
  • Political and societal, through the development and implementation of policies related to participatory planning and health inequities;
  • Professional, by setting up a Pan-Canadian Action Platform on participatory planning, healthy built environments, and health equity.

We will achieve these changes by working on two levels:

  • Community level: ANC partners will work in 3 project sites: one in Ontario, one in Quebec, and one in Alberta. We will share knowledge on the ANC approach, provide strategic support, and showcase models for participatory planning in the field. Building on the successes of the Stewart Street Active Neighbourhoods pilot, we are working with GreenUP’s NeighbourPLAN program in Peterborough to apply the ANC participatory planning approach in three additional Peterborough neighbourhoods.
  • Provincial and national level: ANC will work to scale the ANC approach across Canada, by working towards strategic changes in policy and professional practices practice.


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