Green Communities Canada received a Healthy Communities grant from the Government of Ontario in 2010 to develop the WALK Friendly Ontario (WFO) Designation Program. The WFO designation is modeled after the very successful program in the USA administered by the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Centre. It is also similar to the Share the Road Cycling Coalition’s Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Both programs were launched in 2010.

We are grateful for the assistance of the following professionals in the active transportation field for the time and expertise that they volunteered to help revise the US walk friendly assessment tool for the Ontario context.

Members of the Knowledge Exchange Committee:

Karen Armstrong, inMotion Coordinator, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Kim Bergeron, PhD Candidate, Queen’s University

Larissa Kaminskyj, Health Promoter, Brant County Health Unit

Jennifer Lay, Program Coordinator, School-based TDM, Metrolinx

Bronwen Thornton, Development Director, Walk21 (UK)

Joanne Banfield, Manager,Sunnybrook RBC First Office for Injury Prevention

Micheline Turnau, Community Mission Specialist, Champlain District, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Clifford Maynes, Executive Director, Green Communities Canada


Members of the Technical Advisory Committee:

Robert Dolezel, Team Leader, Sustainable Transportation Policy, Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Sharon Lewinson, President, Commuting Solutions

Dave McLaughlin, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning, MMM Group

Eleanor McMahon, CEO, Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Paul Young, Consultant, PublicSpaceWorkshop


WFO Pilot

In 2012, the WALK Friendly Ontario assessment tool was piloted with five communities across all four regions of the Province and representing cities and towns, large and small. Each of these communities committed to completing the assessment, providing us with feedback on the questions and evaluating the process. Feedback was collected through an online survey as well as through a follow up web conference.

We would like to thank each of the pilot communities, municipal staff and community partners for their time and expertise. We appreciate their contribution to the development of WALK Friendly Ontario.

Kingston: Lead organization – Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health

Thunder Bay: Lead organization – EcoSuperior

London: Lead Organization – City of London Environmental Programs, Environmental and Engineering Services

Fort Erie: Lead Organization – Fort Erie Active Transportation Advisory Committee 

Hamilton: Lead Organization – City Of Hamilton Public Health Services