Area Of Focus #4 - Community


ACTIONS FOR COMMUNITY DESIGN

BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS:

Every municipality should develop or review and revise municipal/local government master plans to ensure that opportunities for physical activity are explicitly included in all facets of the plan, that barriers to an active lifestyle are eliminated, and that environments promoting sedentary behaviours are limited.
Within the municipal/local government master plan for physical activity, a strategic plan for transportation that explicitly places priority on safe and active transportation, as well as public transportation, should be developed.
Municipalities/local governments should plan and establish active transportation routes designed to meet the needs of everybody with safe and accessible routes to nearby neighbourhood and community-wide destinations.
Governments should address the recreation infrastructure deficit in order to ensure everyone has access to indoor and outdoor facilities and public spaces where they can learn, experience, play and practice physically active pursuits.
Municipal/local governments should identify existing facilities and spaces (public, private and others) and develop plans to maximize community-wide shared use in order to increase access by community members for physical activity.

SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE:

Governments should ensure that a community development approach is taken so that those affected are included in the design and delivery of the plan. Populations with the greatest need and access issues should be an integral part of plans and strategies to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours.
 
Municipal/local governments, in partnership with the private sector, should address disparities in human and financial investments in recreation and sport for under-serviced areas such as rural, remote and low income communities or high density areas with inadequate access to opportunities.
Physical activity practitioners, companies and organizations should ensure that their outreach, planning, programming, physical environments and staff are accessible and inviting to people from all circumstances.
Volunteers should be valued, trained and supported as an essential part of the delivery of physical activity opportunities in every community in Canada. Identifying volunteers from people with the greatest access issues should be a priority as part of the community development approach.
Physical activity practitioners and leaders should be trained to appreciate and understand the importance of reducing sedentary behaviours in addition to the promotion of physical activity.

Community Design:

• Built and Natural Environments

• Social Infrastructure*

Reframe and modernize physical and social infrastructures to make physical activity an inviting, practical and accessible priority.