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The Connection between Health and the Built Environment


How the design of our neighbourhoods influences the health of our residents.

Changes in the physical environment over the past few decades – including car-dependent neighbourhoods and fast food availability – have significantly impacted how we eat and move around. As a result, conditions like obesity and diabetes have become increasingly common and continue to rise across all age groups in Peel.

The good news is that the Region of Peel is planning for a healthier future. 

On February 23, 2017, Regional Council approved an amendment to our Official Plan that brings health criteria to the forefront of our land-use and urban planning. Known as Regional Official Plan Amendment 27 (ROPA 27), the changes introduce a Healthy Development Framework through which new development proposals will be evaluated.

Working in collaboration with our Area Municipalities and developers, the Region is supporting the creation of more walkable, bike-friendly and complete communities to meet the needs of our growing population while encouraging physical activity.

Learn more about the Official Plan.