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.
Vancouver scored 78/100 on the Walkscore ranking, which means that most errands can be accomplished on foot.
We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Environments to Thrive In using data on neighbourhood walkability.
Neighbourhood walk scores
Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.
The health and vitality of Vancouver's communities is one of the reasons the city is considered one of the best places on earth to live.
Learn about our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy that will ensure Vancouver remains liveable and resilient in the face of climate change.
Greenest City is a bold initiative that addresses Vancouver's environmental challenges.
In Vancouver, urban planning focuses on liveability. That means creating a city of neighbourhoods where people can work, play, and shop.
The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strenghtens the city's economic future by attracting investment, supporting existing businesses, and making policy recommendations.
VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant spaces for walking and gathering.
The City of Vancouver's 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.