Healthy Built Environments

The built environment encompasses all buildings, spaces, and products that are created or modified by people, and includes land use planning and policies impacting our communities. It includes our homes, schools, workplaces, parks/recreation areas, business areas and roads.

Built environments influence healthy lifestyle choices. Well-planned built environments can protect green spaces and parks, provide accessible housing, promote arts and culture, reduce injuries, and improve safety, physical activity levels, adequate access to local nutrition, and air and water quality. 

Major Initiatives

CLASP Healthy Canada by Design. A focus on Healthy Built Environments at the WRHA was initially supported through the Healthy Canada by Design initiative with funding from the Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) and support from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Health regions, municipalities, and professional organizations across the country developed research and resources as part of this initiative.

WRHA Employees and Active Transportation

Strategic Plan and Logic Model

Healthy Built Environment Strategic Plan


Healthy Built Environment - Program Monitoring Report, 2015

Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Case Study: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.


Healthy Built Environments - Teaching Module Presentation, Feb 2017

Public Health and Built Environments - Staff Development Webinar (slides and Audio)


Healthy Built Environment Working Group - Terms of Reference

Fact Sheets