WALK Friendly Communities is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. Using our comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities can benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. The program gives walking a prominent profile in community planning and design, and encourages municipal governments to set targets for ongoing improvements. As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable and independent mobility.

The City of Kingston, ON was designated a Bronze WALK Friendly Community in 2016. Read Kingston’s WALK Friendly profile here.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Showcase of highlights from communities that have achieved a WALK Friendly Community designation between 2013-2015. Click on the cover page below to download the high or low resolution version.

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Canada Walks, with the assistance of Ryerson University, implemented a survey early in 2015 to learn more about the State of the Walking Movement in Canada. The survey investigated the practices, resources, and needs of groups and organizations from across the country who promote walking and plan for walkability. More than 125 surveys were completed and the findings are now available through a summary report produced by Graduate students within the School of Urban and Regional Planning.  View the infographic here.


Download the Application Guide to prepare for the next intake.

Harmony Square, Brantford, Ontario – Photo courtesy of Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus – Photographer: Dean Palmer