In August 2009, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and the Toronto Cyclists Union (now 'Cycle Toronto') began working together to bring a Complete Streets policy to Toronto inspired by the success of the National Complete Streets Coalition in the United States.
In just a few short months, a steadily increasing number of groups and individuals, as well as senior City of Toronto staff and politicians, became interested in supporting the adoption of a Complete Streets policy in Toronto. It was realized through this process, however, that other communities across Ontario and Canada could benefit from a Complete Streets approach and that some were already taking the lead.
To build upon this potential, TCAT was awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in mid-2011 to complete research on the opportunities for Complete Streets in the Ontario context and to launch a website to centralize the movement across Canada. Complete Streets for Canada is the outcome of this grant and is designed to expand alongside the movement.