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September 19, 2012

Canadian Pedestrian Organization Applauds Ontario Chief Coroner's Report — Pedestrian death prevention report a "breakthrough" for walkers Adobe PDF Adobe PDF (110 KB)

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Canada Walks, with the assistance of Ryerson University, implemented a survey early in 2015 to learn more about the state of the walking movement in Canada. The survey investigated the practices, resources, and needs of groups and organizations from across the country who promote walking and plan for walkability. More than 125 surveys were completed and the findings are now accessible through a summary report produced by Graduate students within the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

THE STATE OF THE WALKING MOVEMENT IN CANADA:  Survey Summary Report Download the Survey Summary Report (PDF)

WALK Friendly Ontario

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WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve the conditions for a safe, convenient and enjoyable walking environment by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations.

To participate, municipalities complete a comprehensive assessment that measures progress on a range of factors including plans and policies, engineering and community design, education and encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. An Application Guide (pdf) is available to assist communities in preparing their application.

Review the WALK Friendly Showcase — a compilation of the communities who have received WALK Friendly Community designations so far.

WALK Friendly Showcase Jan 2013 - Mar 2015 Download WALK Friendly Showcase (PDF, 3.4 MB)

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The City of Ottawa, City of Hamilton, Town of Richmond Hill, City of London and Town of Wasaga Beach are the first recipients of WALK Friendly Community designations

WALK Friendly Community designations have been awarded to the following municipalities:

  • Silver designation: Kitchener, Ottawa, Hamilton and Mississauga
  • Bronze designation: Smiths Falls, Richmond Hill, London, Wasaga Beach, Pelham, and Minto

Read profiles for each community that highlight their actions to support walking.

The following communities have received honourable mention: Saugeen Shores, Markham, Aurora, Ajax and Kingston.

Read the media release celebrating our most recent designates.

Follow us on Twitter @WALKfriendlyON.

At Canada Walks our vision is simple: A Canada where everyone can enjoyably, easily and safely walk to school, work, play, shopping and transit.

Together, we can make it happen!

To show your commitment to walkable communities in Canada please sign the International Charter for Walking. Signatures are being collected and tabulated by country. See the list of Canadian signatories. Adobe PDF Adobe PDF (200 KB).

Walkable communities are good places to live, work and play.

Extensive research has shown that walkability:

  • improves quality of life for residents and visitors;
  • increases property values and desirability for home buyers;
  • enhances the economic vibrance of a community;
  • improves safety for all road users especially the young and elderly; and
  • improves the health of residents as a result of increased physical activity and cleaner air.

Canada Walks can help you meet your walkability goals.

We offer a full range of workshops and consulting services to help you. Find out how we can help you Adobe PDF Adobe PDF (436 KB).


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