On June 26, 2013 the Public Health Agency of Canada announced an investment of close to $13 million dollars in nine pan-Canadian projects that will take action to reduce barriers to healthy weights by addressing underlying environmental, social, demographic and economic issues. One of these nine projects was awarded to the Montreal Urban Ecology Center (MUEC) to launch the Active Neighbourhoods Canada/Réseau Quartiers Verts (ANC/RQV/) project in twelve communities located in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta.
MUEC, known for its ground-breaking expertise in urban planning and active transportation, has developed tools for participatory urban planning and has a tremendous wealth of expertise in community mobilization for the collaborative creation and design of people-friendly neighbourhoods. This is an incredible opportunity for MUEC to expand and share its knowledge base. The Sustainable Calgary Society is the partner organization in Alberta. TCAT is thrilled to have been chosen as the project partner to lead the project in Ontario.
“TCAT is very pleased to be a partner of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada project,” says Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT Director. “The project’s goals align very closely with our mission, which is to create a better environment for cyclists and pedestrians, and to promote public participation in local decisions regarding the built environment.”
TCAT, Sustainable Calgary Society, and the MUEC have four years to stimulate dialogue and spread best practices in urban planning, active transportation, and citizen participation. These three organizations are well-equipped to identify core groups of active citizens to come together to develop sustainable communities.
For more information, see the press release on the MUEC website.