Active Neighbourhoods Ontario

Active Neighbourhoods Canada is a partnership of organizations across Canada using participatory design towards the goal of green, active, and healthy neighbourhoods.


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Our shared vision of a green, active, and healthy neighbourhood is a neighbourhood redesigned to celebrate the active use of shared public space, including roads and parks. These neighbourhoods support walking, cycling, and other means of active transportation for everyone, by providing safe and welcoming urban design. Based on a vision of long-term “liveability”, these neighbourhoods are designed collectively. They foster community linkages, encourage a connection with natural systems, and allow citizens to develop a sense of belonging.

Between 2013-2017, TCAT was the provincial lead on four Active Neighbourhoods Canada projects in Ontario. Along with our national partners, the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the Sustainable Calgary Society, we scaled up and refined a participatory planning approach developed by MUEC during their Green, Active, and Healthy Neighbourhoods pilot project (2008-2013). In 2017, we received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to continue our Active Neighbourhoods Canada work. Between 2017 and 2020, we will scale up our efforts and expand the reach of our successful approach to benefit additional Canadian communities. Over the next three years, we will leverage 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.

Visit our project website: Learn about our pilot projects (2013-2017) Learn how we’re expanding our impact (2017-2020) Learn about the ANC participatory planning approach


Want more information on the project? Feel free to drop us a line!

Tessa Nasca, Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager : tnasca[at]

Car Martin, Participatory Design Consultant: cmartin[at]


Thank you to our project funder:

Project partners: