With funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Coalitions Linking Action & Science for Prevention (CLASP) Program, the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative has been renewed for two more years.
Begun in 2009, the Health Canada by Design CLASP Initiative included the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Urban Public Health Network, the Canadian Institute of Planners, the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and six health authorities from Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, all of whom were committed to building health considerations into the land use and transportation planning processes to create communities that support healthy living. The first phase of the Initative included projects that involved applied research, the development of land use planning tools, the creation of knowledge exchange resources, community engagement and capacity building among health authorities.
With renewed funding, seven new health authorities from the Atlantic Provinces, the Prairie Provinces and Ontario will receive support to work collaboratively with planners, transportation engineers and other stakeholders, to integrate health considerations into built environment policies where opportunities exist. A new national partner, the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers, two non-governmental organizations, and academics from four universities will also be involved in the renewed Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initative.