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Ontario Communities walkON Case Study

The successful three-year Ontario Communities walkON project, a collaboration of Green Communities' Canada Walks and 8-80 Cities, with financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Province of Ontario's Healthy Communities Fund, is now documented in this case study Adobe PDF Adobe PDF (3 MB).


Alberta Walkability Roadshow - September 2011

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services partnered with Green Communities Canada and Walk21 to develop and implement the Alberta Walkability Roadshow in September 2011. Five communities participated in the Alberta Walkability Roadshow: Representatives from Plamondon joined the Roadshow in Carstairs.

About the Alberta Walkability Roadshow

Alberta Health Services is dedicated to health-promoting social and physical environments that enhance wellness and promote healthier behaviours. Evidence shows that communities that are more walkable reap benefits in the areas of health, the environment, transportation management, social cohesion, fuel dependency, safety and happiness. The Alberta Walkability Roadshow was an initiative that was being used to address these issues. Launched in September 2011, Alberta Health Services recognized the diversity of communities in Alberta and worked with them to support them in their dedication to make their communities more walkable. Provincial in scope but local community in focus, the goal of the initiative was to assist communities in developing a plan specific to their own community that encouraged and inspired the best possible environments where people chose to walk.

The International Charter for Walking provided the strategic direction and detailed descriptive actions for this initiative. The Roadshow used the Charter to benchmark walking within the communities, identified achievements, opportunities and challenges as the foundation for the generation of ideas, initiatives, inspiration and action for improving the walkability of communities in Alberta.

Alberta Health Services would like to thank the Health Promotion Disease & Injury Prevention team for their support of this initiative.

Alberta Health Services would like to thank its funding partner: This one-year grant funded initiative is supported by a grant from Alberta Health and Wellness (AHW), through the Alberta Cancer Legacy Fund (ACPLF). Alberta Health Services (AHS) would like to acknowledge ACPLF for their support and pursuit in the prevention of cancer and chronic conditions. Their belief in health promotion activities supporting the communities was instrumental.


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The Walkability Roadshow Case Studies

Walkability Roadshow Case Studies

The Walkability Roadshow, spearheaded by Green Communities Canada and Walk21, was intended to extend the Walk21 Toronto 2007 conference beyond three days in just one place and to demonstrate how walkability can be achieved in suburban and rural communities, as well as urban centres. The Roadshow provided a framework for the participating communities to create locally endorsed pedestrian strategies and realistic action plans. The participating communities are listed below and a Case Study for each is available here. We have also provided a brief update from each community on progress since the Roadshow (last updated October 2008):


The Ontario Trillium Foundation Urban Poling Steps Count
Government of Ontario, Canada ParticipACTION Ontario Communities walkON Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Green Communities Canada