About the ANC Partners

The Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) at Clean Air Partnership, and Sustainable Calgary Society have worked together over the course of a decade, building a movement for co-designing active communities.

The Montreal Urban Ecology Centre team

When we first began, few organizations were using participatory approaches to citizen engagement, and discussions about the benefits of built environments that support walking and cycling were only beginning to emerge. We have seen these movements grow, and have been thrilled to contribute our voices to a growing chorus of support for healthy, active, and liveable communities.

DTJC Design Workshop

Our partnership was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Innovation Strategy. As this generous funding draws to a close, we’re sharing some of the change we’ve created by convening diverse partners, citizens, and professionals to co-design active, healthy, and sustainable neighbourhoods across Canada.

Saguenay Workshop with professionnals

Over the course of the project we engaged:









in co-design activities to re-imagine their neighbourhoods

A three-pronged

approach to change


Working with residents and local partners to re-imagine public spaces in their neighbourhoods, using over two dozen original co-design tools.

Professional Practice

Helping built environment and public health professionals understand the value of citizen engagement, and the importance of co-creating communities that support active lifestyles, through courses, workshops, webinars, and presentations.


Creating long-term systemic change by advocating for policies that support health and equity in the built environment, and supporting Canadian communities to make policy change with our Healthy Places Policy Toolkit.

Hear what some of the

communities have to say



  • Acadia, Calgary
  • Anderson-Heritage Coalition (6-community coalition), Calgary
  • Bridgeland-Riverside, Calgary
  • High River, Town of High River
  • Marlborough, Calgary


  • Donovan, Sudbury
  • Downtown Jackson Creek, Peterborough*
  • Haliburton Village
  • Jackson Park-Brookdale, Peterborough*
  • Stewart Street, Peterborough*
  • Talwood, Peterborough*
  • Thorncliffe and Flemingdon, Toronto


  • Chicoutimi, Saguenay
  • Chomedey, Laval
  • La Petite-Patrie, Montréal
  • Mercier-Est, Montréal
  • Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal
  • Parc-Extension, Montréal
  • Plateau-Est, Montréal
  • Saint-Marc, Shawinigan

*In partnership with the NeighbourPLAN program at GreenUP.

We have worked to advance knowledge and create original research on the relationship between the built environment, health, and equity.

Explore some of our project publications and research.

Let’s Have a Conversation About Healthy Places

This report highlights key information on Canadian urban issues: cost-benefit analysis of active and motorized transportation options, inspiring practices, and information on the challenges of addressing equity and health. Fuel your electoral debates and workshops on urban policies.

The ANC network produced this tool and invites Canadians to use it with decision makers at all levels of government.

Learn more

Let’s Have a Conversation About Healthy Places

Building Active Communities Together

This report details the successes, challenges, and lessons learned during our twelve Active Neighbourhoods pilot projects. Discover how policymakers, professionals, community groups, and citizens can work together to develop solutions that promote active transportation and active citizen engagement in communities across Canada.


Building Active Communities Together
Building Active Communities Together

PARTICIPATORY URBAN PLANNING: Planning the city with and for its citizens

This guide was designed to give communities step-by-step support to carry out a participatory planning project. Whether you are redesigning an intersection, making a street safer, creating a public space, implementing a local travel plan, or greening a common courtyard, the participatory planning approach will allow you to make your project a truly collaborative initiative.


PARTICIPATORY URBAN PLANNING: Planning the city with and for its citizens
PARTICIPATORY URBAN PLANNING: Planning the city with and for its citizens

Pedestrian collisions are an issue of equity: streets in lower-income areas more dangerous for pedestrians

Walking is the healthiest, most affordable, and most inherently safe form of transportation. This research examines whether the way we build our communities gives everyone equal and safe access to this most fundamental form of mobility. We learned that in Calgary, inadequate pedestrian infrastructure in low-income neighbourhoods puts those residents at a higher risk of collisions and deepens the inequities experienced by these communities.

Learn more

Pedestrian collisions are an issue of equity

Our research, tools, and publications have reached thousands of people across Canada and beyond*.

People reached
through conferences, courses, workshops and webinars

website visits
on participatoryplanning.ca

2,094 cities in 166 countries

of our co-design tools

*Numbers represent the reach of our work up until March 31, 2020.

The breadth of this reach has helped amplify a movement for more equitable, healthy, and sustainable cities.

We couldn’t have

done it alone

We’ve worked
with over

Here is what some of them have to say about working with us: