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Smart Growth and Healthy CommunitiesSmart Growth and Healthy Communities

OSGN logoBetween 2014-2017, OHCC administered the The Ontario Smart Growth Network, a provincial network of organizations and individuals working to promote a smarter approach to community design.  

While the OSGN is no longer a formal network, OHCC continues to invite former OSGN members and others interested in smart growth and healthy built environments to share their resources and experience through our monthly bulletin and guest blogs. 

We believe in:

  • complete communities: designing urban villages, where everything you need to live well is available locally, nested within strong municipalities and regions.

  • smart transportation: ways to drive less and enjoy getting around.

  • protecting resources: protecting farmland, watersheds, natural areas, and other resources that are essential for a sustainable future.

  • people-centred planning: helping people shape development to meet their needs.
OHCC has led a number of projects relating to smart grown and healthy built environments; e.g.

Building Voluntary Sector Capacity to Support Smart Growth: a project funded by the Places to Grow Implementation Fund.

Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions (2013-2014) was a collaborative project of the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition to increase knowledge of effective models and emerging innovation in rural regional transportation.

Healthy Communities and the Built Environment (HCBE) (2007-2009) was a collaborative project involving seven organizations led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition.

View the recording from the February 3, 2015 webinar: Smart Growth and Why it Matters: Shaping the Ontario Smart Growth Network

Click here to view presenter slides from the Smart Growth 2015 Forum (March 25, 2015)

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