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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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.