Healthy Communities

Our system of planning evolved out of the need to control infectious disease. This was resolved many decades ago by the provision of central water and sewer services, the separation of noxious land uses, and general improvements made to industrial processes. 

Planning and health remain inextricably linked, however, the challenges today are chronic disease, skyrocketing health care costs, and other issues (such as climate change and energy conservation) that are often interrelated with the built environments we create.

The Canadian Institute of Planners is an active partner in the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and largely funded by Health Canada via the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. CLASP stands for “Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention.”

The CIP Healthy Communities section of the website provides access to CIP's Tools and Guides for Healthy Communities, as well as research and policy resources, and external links that will help us plan and develop healthier communities.


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