WALK Friendly Ontario
Ontario's first WALK Friendly Community designations have been awarded to:
- Silver designation: City of Ottawa and City of Hamilton
- Bronze designation: Town of Richmond Hill, City of London and Town of Wasaga Beach
Read the media release Adobe PDF (507 KB).
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.
Visit www.walkfriendly.ca to learn more and follow us on Twitter @CanadaWalks and @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!
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 (436 KB).