Complete Streets for Canada

policy and design hub for building safe and inviting streets for all

Case Studies

In April 2012, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of Clean Air Partnership, released the Complete Streets Gap Analysis: Opportunities and Barriers in Ontario. This report included case studies on three Canadian municipalities that have made progress towards adopting Complete Streets: the City of Thunder Bay, the City of Waterloo, and the City of Calgary. In the summer of 2012, TCAT completed a second set of case studies focusing on Grey and Bruce Counties, Niagara Region and the City of Mississauga.

The objective of this research was to investigate the status of Complete Streets in these jurisdictions and to gain a better understanding of the barriers to implementing Complete Streets policy and projects in Canadian municipalities. The reports highlight that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving Complete Streets.

This research was made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Metcalf Foundation.

Niagara Region, Ontario

“Greater collaboration among planners, engineers and public health professionals is essential.” - Travis Macbeth and Denise Landry in Ontario Planning Journal, September/October

Mississauga, Ontario

“It is important to work collaboratively with the various City departments, from urban design to land use planning, when designing a complete street” – Survey Respondent

Complete Streets Guide, Calgary, Alberta

Calgary has achieved many milestones en route to making Complete Streets part of the City’s planning and engineering culture. Specifically, Calgary’s approach has focused on Complete Streets design guidance first, followed by implementation, to set the framework necessary to guide future on-the-ground change.

Davenport Road, Waterloo, Ontario

“Our roads need to be built for people not just motorized vehicles”

- Graham Roe, Blogger at Waterloo Bikes

Luckily, Waterloo is aiming to do just that!

Court Street South, Thunder Bay, Ontario

“When the rubber hits the road and when we design, we fall short; but, we’re getting better”.

-Anne Ostrom , Take Heart Coordinator at the Thunder Bay district Health Unit

Thunder Bay is indeed getting better!