Our related walking programs.

In addition to the resources on this site, Canada Walks has two other related programs: Ontario Active School Travel (formerly Active & Safe Routes to School) and WALK Friendly Communities.

Ontario Active School Travel (formerly Active & Safe Routes to School) is a program of  Green Communities Canada (GCC). Its mission: to create a culture of active school travel – a world in which every day active transportation for Ontario students is safe, easy, and enjoyable.

For more than two decades GCC has worked with a host of diverse partners and supporters to reverse the decline in walking and wheeling on the school journey.

Today, it is involved in a tremendous variety of local, regional, and provincial projects, ranging from classroom-level activities like the iwalk-iwheel Club to provincial-level strategies, policies, and research.

In 2017, GCC received a major financial contribution from the Government of Ontario to take active school travel to the next level, enabling it to provide greatly expanded support, including resources, training, coaching, campaigns, peer networking, and partnerships.

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WALK Friendly Communities is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum designations.

Using our comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements.

As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable, and independent mobility. Website contents include:

  • a Showcase of highlights from communities that achieved a WALK Friendly Community designation between 2013-15
  • making the case for WALK Friendly designation, and the process
  • an Application Guide, with links to further how-to information and samples
  • in-depth resources

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