Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Healthy Communities

In response to the public health challenge of controlling infectious disease, the field of professional planning emerged. This resulted in many significant developments, such as central water and sewer services, designated land uses, and improvements to industrial processes.

Today, professional planners continue to address challenging health concerns, including chronic disease, mental health, and rising healthcare costs. The intersections of these issues with other key matters, like climate change and energy conservation, mean that promoting healthy communities is connected with nearly all aspects of the built environment.


CIP Policy on Healthy Communities

CIP is pleased to announce, that the draft policy statement on Healthy Communities has been released following months of consultation (including surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews), As of September 17, the request for comments is now closed. Comments will be reviewed and the final policy statements are scheduled for release on World Town Planning Day, November 8, 2018.

For more information about the National Planning Policy Development project, please contact Daniel Potter at  

Healthy Communities Annotated Bibliography

CIP's Healthy Communities Committee (HCC) is proud to launch a series of annotated bibliographies. These bibliographies are meant to act as a resource for planners looking for a bird's eye view of resources exploring connections between health and the built environment, as well as implications for planning. The committee encourages all members to read and share the bibliographies. Questions or comments regarding the Annotated Bibliographies can be directed to the HCC Chair, Olimpia Pantelimon RPP, MCIP, MOUQ, M.Urb, B.Sc at

Planning for Healthy Communities - A Planner's Prescription - Issue 01
Planning for Healthy Communities - A Planner's Prescription - Issue 02

Report Published

"Taking the Pulse2"

Comparative Analysis:  Planning for Healthier Communities  

Questionnaire Results - June 2014

The comparative analysis of this report is based on the initial research report, published in April, 2011.

"Taking the Pulse" 

Benchmarking Planning for Healthier Communities

Questionnaire Results - April 2011

The Canadian Institute of Planners is an active partner in the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP initiative, which stands for "Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention." It unites cross-sector efforts to promote healthy built environments, and translates research into tools to support policy-makers, public health officials, planners and developers in creating more health-promoting communities across Canada. Through this partnership, for instance, Toronto Public Health has produced software for urban and transportation planners to model how urban and transportation planning affect health outcomes.

This CLASP initiative has produced three facts sheets on topics relevant to planners:

  • Fact Sheet 1: Active Transportation, Health and Community Design: What is the Canadian evidence saying?
  • Fact Sheet 2Active Living, Children & Youth: What is the Canadian evidence saying?
  • Fact Sheet 3Health Equity and Community Design: What is the Canadian evidence saying?

In December 2013, CIP completed a Healthy Communities Legislative Comparison Survey Report that presents a high-level survey of planners across Canada comparing the legislative, administrative and policy frameworks supporting the creation of healthy communities.
CIP’s Healthy Communities Practice Guide is designed to help planners promote healthier communities, and to understand how health practitioners can support them in attaining that shared goal.
In spring 2012, Plan Canada published an article on CIP’s Healthy Communities initiatives, written by the CIP Healthy Communities Sub-Committee: “Our 21st Century Challenge: Healthier Communities”.

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Our Healthy Communities PartnersNos partenaires en Healthy Communities
Heart and Stroke Foundation of CanadaHealthy Canada by Design CLASPCanadian Partnership Against CancerCanadian Council on Social Determinants of Health