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®

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 (VEC)

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

VIVA Vancouver

VIVA Vancouver is the City of Vancouver’s public space innovation platform.

Transportation 2040 Plan

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. 

Download the plan

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