Frequently Asked Questions
The Official Plan, or its equivalent depending on the jurisdiction, is a key document for the adoption of a Complete Streets policy because it is the most overarching policy document that guides land use and infrastructure planning in most Canadian provinces and territories.
Adopting a Complete Streets policy is a strong step towards change but does not guarantee implementation. As a result, some Canadian jurisdictions have begun to develop Complete Streets implementation guidelines.
The NCSC continues to be an inspiration for the work at Complete Streets for Canada. Barbara McCann, the former Executive Director of the NCSC was the keynote speaker at TCAT’s inaugural Complete Streets Forum in 2010 and has been supportive of our efforts to expand the Complete Streets movement in Canada, starting in Ontario.
Complete Streets and Context Sensitive Solutions are complementary approaches that work together well. The differences between the two are subtle and as a result there is sometimes confusion about how they differ from each other.
A Complete Streets policy must be adopted into at least one official planning document according to the ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy in order for the jurisdiction to have an official Complete Streets policy.
A Complete Streets approach means that the term Complete Streets is mentioned in at least one official planning document in a given community but that the community has yet to adopt an official Complete Streets policy. Many communities across Canada are following a Complete Streets approach.
To advocate for Complete Streets you will have to reach out to elected officials, government staff and the public.
Making a Complete Street doesn't mean the width of a road needs to be increased. Complete Streets are about making tradeoffs within existing space to accomodate all travel modes as well as improving safety.