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Goal 12: Environments to thrive in
Goal 12: Environments to thrive in

Environments to thrive in

Our goal: Vancouverites have the right to a healthy environment and equitable access to livable environments in which they can thrive
residents live in neighbourhoods with a Walk Score of 70 or higher

Healthy urban environments are characterized by complete, compact, and connected communities - including well-planned, sustainable, thriving, and vibrant environments.

Vancouver has achieved much to promote healthy urban environments. We are renowned for our parks and natural spaces, urban planning, and our goal to be the greenest city in the world. However, access to healthy environments is not yet equitable. There is more work to be done to ensure that all Vancouverites enjoy their right to have a healthy environment and access spaces in which they can thrive.

Our target: Add a biodiversity target and a target related to toxins prevention to the Greenest City Action Plan, and increase neighbourhood Walk Scores

Progress we've made so far

Vancouver has a walkscore of 78 out of 100

The most walkable large city in Canada

Vancouver scored 78/100 on the Walkscore ranking, which means that most errands can be accomplished on foot.

Vancouver's walkscore screenshot from https://www.walkscore.com/CA-BC/Vancouver

Source: Walkscore®

Neighbourhood walk scores

  • 8 of 22 neighbourhoods have Walk Scores below 70
    Source: Walk Score
  1. Integrate biodiversity and toxins reduction strategies into the Greenest City Action Plan.
    • Results: We will increase biodiversity levels across the city and reduce the number and concentration of toxins.
  2. Review active living design best practices that have been successfully used in other jurisdictions (such as NYC Active Living Design Guidelines) and explore their integration into planning and development review processes.
    • Results: We will increase opportunities for physical activity in the built environment.
  3. Continue to encourage stronger walking connections through the community planning process, with a priority on areas with the largest concentrations of under-served residents.
    • Results: We will improve opportunities for people to walk to meet their daily needs in their neighbourhoods.
  4. Create and enhance wonderful temporary and permanent public places and spaces throughout the city.
    • Results: We will develop strategic direction on the placement, design, and activation of public places in the city.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Building community

The health and vitality of our communities is one of the reasons Vancouver is considered one of the best places on earth to live.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Learn about our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy that will ensure Vancouver remains liveable and resilient in the face of climate change.

Greenest City Action Plan

Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.

Urban planning

In Vancouver, urban planning focuses on liveability. That means creating a city of neighbourhoods where people can work, play, and shop.

Vancouver Economic Commission

Learn how the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strenghtens our city's economic future.

VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant people spaces

VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant spaces for walking and gathering.

Transportation 2040 Plan

Our Transportation 2040 Plan provides a vision for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 30 years.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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