Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Lunenberg, Nova Scotia


Healthy Communities

The planning profession first developed to meet the public health challenge of controlling infectious disease. That led to planning developments such as central water and sewer services, designated land uses and better improvements to industrial processes. Today planners continue to address health concerns in the form of challenges such as chronic disease and skyrocketing healthcare costs. The intersections of these issues with ones such as climate change and energy conservation mean that promoting healthy communities is bound up with nearly all aspects of the built environments that planners help create.

 

The Canadian Institute of Planners is an active partner in the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, which stands for "Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention." It unites cross-sector efforts to promote healthy built environments, and translates research into tools to support policy-makers, public health officials, planners and developers in creating more health-promoting communities across Canada. Through this partnership, for instance, Toronto Public Health has produced software for urban and transportation planners to model how urban and transportation planning affect health outcomes.

This CLASP initiative has produced three facts sheets on topics relevant to planners:

  • Fact Sheet 1: Active Transportation, Health and Community Design: What is the Canadian evidence saying?
  • Fact Sheet 2: Active Living, Children & Youth: What is the Canadian evidence saying?
  • Fact Sheet 3: Health Equity and Community Design: What is the Canadian evidence saying?
In December 2013, CIP completed a Healthy Communities Legislative Comparison Survey Report that presents a high-level survey of planners across Canada comparing the legislative, administrative and policy frameworks supporting the creation of healthy communities.
 
CIP’s Healthy Communities Practice Guide is designed to help planners promote healthier communities, and to understand how health practitioners can support them in attaining that shared goal.
 
In spring 2012, Plan Canada published an article on CIP’s Healthy Communities initiatives, written by the CIP Healthy Communities Sub-Committee: “Our 21st Century Challenge: Healthier Communities”.

Additional information on planning tools:
Our Healthy Communities PartnersNos partenaires en Healthy Communities
Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaHealthy Canada by Design CLASPCanadian Partnership Against CancerCanadian Council on Social Determinants of Health