Shade Policy Committee of the UVR Working Group

Shade Policy and Guidelines

Sun shade


The Shade Policy for the City of Toronto

The shade policy states:

The provision of shade can be an effective means of reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and its associated health risks such as skin cancer. Furthermore, the presence of shade can encourage physical activity, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, mitigate the urban heat island effect, and reduce energy costs.

The provision of shade, either natural or constructed, should be an essential element when planning for and developing new City facilities such as parks or public spaces, and in refurbishing existing City-owned and operated facilities and sites. Increasing shade in Toronto contributes to a healthier and more sustainable City.

Learn more about reducing your risk of skin cancer and how to select shade trees(PDF).

The Shade Guidelines

The Shade Guidelines (PDF) have been created by the Shade Policy Committee of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition in collaboration with Parks, Forestry and Recreation and with the support of Toronto Public Health, as directed by the Board of Health and City Council. The Shade Guidelines are intended to complement the 2007 Board of Health approved Shade Policy for the City of Toronto and to assist all City agencies, boards, commissions and divisions (ABCDs) to provide UVR protection and sun safety measures for their outdoor environments.



Last updated January 2013