Pedestrian Environment

This page contains information on a number of programs that affect the pedestrian environment. These include programs to redevelop the waterfront, standards for designing vibrant streets, programs to monitor the air we breathe and more.

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Coordinated Street Furniture Program

The City of Toronto has begun to implement a program that will provide coordinated street furniture (bus shelters, waste/recycling bins, etc.) on Toronto streets. This program will help to make streets more pedestrian friendly, and promote a positive Toronto identity.


Vibrant Streets Guidelines

As part of the Coordinated Street Furniture Program, the City has developed the Vibrant Streets Guidelines. Based on public consultations, relevant experiences and research, these guidelines include a number of criteria that were developed for a program that puts the needs of pedestrians first.


Green Development Standard

The Toronto Green Development Standard is a "made-in-Toronto" standard that contains performance targets and guidelines for site and building design to promote better environmental sustainability. The Standard integrates existing City guidelines and targets with standards from private rating systems to ensure that when there is a desire to "build" in Toronto, local environmental objectives are met.

Air Quality and Health

Toronto Public Health compiles and presents important information on air quality and smog in Toronto. Learn more information on how to protect your health and how you can be a part of clean air solutions.


Urban Design Guidelines

Urban design guidelines are used by the City of Toronto to clarify the urban design objectives of the Official Plan and zoning by-laws. There are a number of guidelines documents that articulate and clarify the “public interest” in site design and built form, to achieve good urban design throughout the city.


Civic Improvements Projects

The Civic Improvement Program is administered by Urban Design, City Planning. It is a capital program that works to improve the quality of the City’s public realm by enhancing on-going City programs as well as Business Improvement Areas' initiatives and private sector city-building activities.

Accessibility Design Guidelines

Toronto's Accessibility Design Guidelines are intended to address the needs of people with disabilities. This includes people with a wide range of impediments such as mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive disabilities. The Guidelines are meant to be used to conduct accessibility audits and to plan developments that will create "barrier free" communities.

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Tactile Walking Surface Indicators (TWSI)

Toronto must follow Ontario laws that aim to make the province and our cities and towns more accessible for persons with disabilities. Corners with curb ramps or depressed curbs must have tactile walking surface indicators with "raised tactile profiles" that have a high tonal contrast to the adjacent surface. Click to learn more about how these indicators are being introduced in Toronto.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

New provincial laws have recently been proclaimed as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), under Part IV.1 of O.Reg 191/11 on the built environment. By January 1, 2016 the City of Toronto must comply for all newly constructed or redeveloped infrastructure.

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