Complete Streets for Canada

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Complete Streets for Canada will continue to update the FAQ page based on the most common questions. In addition, the National Complete Streets Coalition in the United States has developed a FAQ: check it out here.

 

What planning documents are used to adopt Complete Streets policies?

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.

What communities have adopted a Complete Streets policy?

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.

What communities follow a Complete Streets approach?

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.

Do Complete Streets need to be infinitely wide?

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.

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