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Building Healthy Communities

Where people live has as much influence on their health as how they live. To promote healthy living environments, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health works with municipalities and community organizations to create community settings that support health.

The built environment is the human-made design of the settings where people live, work, learn, and play. Buildings, streets, parks, agricultural lands, road systems, land use patterns, and density are features that affect a person’s ability to make healthy choices and to reduce their risk of injury and exposure to health hazards.

The built environment can affect:

  • level of physical activity
  • ease of access to healthy food
  • aging in place
  • safety of travel
  • air and water quality
  • access to jobs and services
  • social interaction
  • mental wellbeing
  • opportunities for recreation

Healthy Built Environments

Municipal Official Plans play an important role in designing communities in a way that promotes and protects the health of residents and visitors. The Building Complete and Sustainable Communities: Healthy Policies for Official Plans report provides guidance to municipalities when reviewing their official plans so that decisions that shape the built environment are made with consideration to the potential impacts on health and wellbeing.

The policies and strategies in this document provide policy recommendations to the urban and rural municipalities of Hastings and Prince Edward, and suggest opportunities for municipalities to provide leadership and engage communities in the design of healthy living environments.

Building Complete and Sustainable Communities: Healthy Policies for Official Plans (Rural Area Checklist)  

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Local Research & Fact Sheets

Evidence Assessments to Support Policy Development

Community Assessments to Support Policy Development

Additional Resources

Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit: A Guide for Rural Municipalities 

Ontario Public Health Association – Built Environment 

The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017, Designing Healthy Living 

Ontario Professional Planners Institute – Healthy and Sustainable Communities 

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