Goal 12: Environments to thrive in

Environments to thrive in


Vancouverites have the right to a healthy environment and equitable access to livable environments in which they can thrive.


  • Add a biodiversity target and a target related to toxins prevention to the Greenest City Action Plan
  • Increase neighbourhood Walk Scores


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

Progress we've made so far

Healthy City Dashboard

Check out the latest way to find information about health and well-being in Vancouver. View the status, trends, and graphs of health indicators and export the data to use elsewhere.

Explore the Healthy City Dashboard

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 make sure Vancouver remains liveable and resilient in the face of climate change.

Urban planning, zoning, and development

We considers the implications of a wide range of social, economic, physical, and environment issues on the liveability of Vancouver.

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.

Go in-depth

Updates, documents, and background

Get the full details about the Healthy City Strategy.