Our goal: Vancouverites have the right to a healthy environment and equitable access to livable environments in which they can thrive
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
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.
How we measure success
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.
2015-2018 Priority actions
Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.
Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets
The health and vitality of our communities is one of the reasons Vancouver 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.
Learn how the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) strengthens our city's economic future.
VIVA Vancouver is the City of Vancouver’s public space innovation platform.
Our plan provides a vision for how people and goods 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.