2012 Support for Neighbourhoods with Amenities within Walking Distance Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To determine public support among Halton adults aged 18 and over for a by-law in Halton where all new neighbourhoods are built so that schools, parks, and restaurants are within a 10 minute walk of the homes.

Background

The built environment includes the buildings, spaces, and facilities created or modified by people, such as parks, roads and buildings.1 Community designs can impact residents’ health and wellbeing.2 Walkable communities are communities that are well-designed and compact, allowing people to walk to restaurants, parks and schools.1 Walkable communities can help residents become more physically active, which is an important way to reduce the risk of many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.2

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Key Findings

  • In 2012, 80% of Halton adults reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods in Halton are built so that amenities are within walking distance. 62% of adults would still support this by-law if it meant a 5% increase in housing costs.
  • From 2009 to 2012 there were no statistically significant differences in the percent of Halton adults who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods in Halton are built so that amenities are within walking distance, or the percent of adults who would still support this by-law if it meant a 5% increase in housing costs.

Sex

  • In 2012, there was no significant difference by sex in the percent of Halton adults who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods in Halton are built so that amenities are within walking distance.

Age

  • In 2012, the percent of Halton adults who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods in Halton are built so that amenities are within walking distance decreased as age increased. These differences were statistically significant when comparing adults aged 18-24 and 25-44 to adults aged 45-64 and 65+.

Municipality

  • In 2012, there were no significant differences by municipality in the percent of Halton adults who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods are built so that amenities are within walking distance.

Income

  • In 2012, there were no significant differences by income in the percent of Halton adults who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods are built so that amenities are within walking distance.

Education

  • In 2012, there were no significant differences by education in the percent of Halton adults aged 25 and over who reported that they would support a by-law where all new neighbourhoods are built so that amenities are within walking distance.

References

  1. Halton Region. n.d. Walkable Communities. Accessed June 2015 from http://www.halton.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=8310&pageId=103059
  2. Halton Region. n.d. Creating Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Supportive Communities in Halton. Accessed June 2015 from https://www.halton.ca/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=60766