Don't miss the spring intake of WFO applications!
Spring WFO Intake March-April
There will be two 8 week intake periods in 2014 for applications to the WALK Friendly Ontario designation, March-April and August-September. The online application for the spring intake will be open beginning March 1st. To prepare, see the Application Guide available at www.walkfriendly.ca.
The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning
The Canadian School Travel Planning (STP) model has been tested through key partnerships in the GTHA and other Ontario communities to help address school traffic congestion and promote physical activity by supporting walking and cycling for students and families.
 
“The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada – January 2014” (Executive SummaryFull Report) is the first benefit-cost analysis of School Travel Planning (STP) projects con­ducted in Canada and provides a baseline method for evaluating the STP model. It analyzes the results of 19 STP projects from various Ontario communities, ranging in population size and geographic location. The study is a collaboration of Metrolinx, Green Communities Canada, and the University of Toronto. Data was contributed by STP steering committees including representatives from municipalities, public health units, school boards, schools, and other community stakeholders.
Walk This Way Kit
PARC updated and redeveloped their Walk This Way Kit, which promotes walking as the single most sustainable physical activity. The kit provides individuals with all of the components that they need to support them in creating healthy walking habits.

The Walk This Way Kit includes:
• A pedometer
• A double-sided laminated erasable calendar (with magnets and erasable marker) for tracking physical activity progress which provides information on walking, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, safety tips, and stretching

PARC also developed a Walk This Way Leader’s Guide which is designed to support physical activity promoters in sparking healthy change in their communities.
Kits are available in English and French and are free of charge. Click here to place your order.
Healthy Communities Conference 2014:
Collaborative Partnerships, Making Healthy Change Happen

Owen Sound, Ontario May 14-15, 2014

Conference Overview

This conference:
  • Is about the health of our community, addressing health inequities, and recognizing the unique and inspiring ideas put forth to support the health and well being of our residents.
  • Will consider the health assets of rural communities at the individual, community and organizational level, and recognize the expertise and community networks that are having a positive impact on healthy living.
  • Will identify the collective resources that build on the strengths of individuals by opening the door to new ways of thinking and ultimately improve the health of our community.
Call for Partnerships
Active Neighbourhoods Canada is a project that brings participatory design to communities across Canada with the goal of creating green, active and healthy neighbourhoods.
 
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation will select four communities in Ontario to participate for this project. In each, a local team will be assembled with a lead partner who has the desire and capacity to work towards making big changes.
 
If you are interested in applying as a partner on this exciting project please see our online application.
 
Contact:
Mikey Bennington, Research Lead (mbennington@tcat.ca) or Car Martin, Design Lead (cmartin@tcat.ca) for more information.
Symposium Proceedings Now Available
Last November, HC Link’s 2013 conference - Linking for Healthy Communities: Collaborating for Change - brought together over 160 people from a variety of settings to connect, learn and share experiences and solutions for building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities. The proceedings from this two-day event are now available, providing an overview of the three keynote addresses, 19 workshops and panels, participant feedback and ways to keep connected and maintain the momentum.
WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program to encourage Municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk. Visit www.walkfriendly.ca for more information.

Canada Walks is grateful to the Ontario Government and the Metcalf Foundation for their financial support of the WALK Friendly Ontario roll-out. 
 
Green Communities Foundation is the charitable affiliate of Green Communities Canada. Please consider a donation to the Foundation in support Canada Walks - WALK Friendly Ontario. Charitable registration number: 81526 4890 RR0001