Healthy Communities • Sustainable Communities

OPPI provides leadership in achieving healthy and sustainable communities in Ontario through the Institute’s Calls to Action and Policy Papers. OPPI sees this as critical as where we work, live, and play is vitally important to the quality of our lives.

Active Transportation- Planning 101
January 23, 2013
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Active Transportation- Planning 101

Active transportation is non-motorized travel -  on foot, by bicycle, using a wheelchair, rollerblading or even skateboarding.  It is sometimes referred to as alternative transportation but there is really nothing alternative about it. Active transportation forms a vital part of healthy and sustainable communities. Learn more about this important mode of transportation.
Walkability - Planning 101
January 23, 2013
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Walkability - Planning 101

Walkability impacts the health, economics and overall liveability of a community.  It is not just about being physically able to walk somewhere.  It is all about the things that influence your choices to take care of daily activities on foot.  By changing some of the ways that we plan our neighbourhoods, we can work together to make our communities pedestrian-friendly.  Find out how to make your community more walkable.
Complete Streets - Planning 101
September 20, 2012
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Complete Streets - Planning 101

Complete streets are fundamental to healthier and sustainable communities. These streets are safe, efficient, convenient, equitable, and based upon good policy and planning principles that serve present and future generations. Learn about the role that complete streets play in communities.
 

Plain Transit for Planners
October 28, 2011
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Plain Transit for Planners

OPPI believes that all planners should have a good understanding of public transit and how this impacts the health of communities across this province.  The Institute’s Plain Transit for Planners paper is meant to inspire and build a dialogue around public transit ‘made plain’ for planners.
PLANNING BY DESIGN: a healthy communities handbook
October 01, 2009
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PLANNING BY DESIGN: a healthy communities handbook

This handbook is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. The handbook shares and generates ideas on how places can be planned and designed more sustainably for healthy, active living and to retain and attract residents, investors and visitors.

InfoSheet in English

InfoSheet in French

Handbook in English

Handbook in French

Presentation

Click here to view the presentation with audio from OPPI's February 18, 2010 webinar