With 9 out of 10 Canadians expected to be urban dwellers by 2050, there is an immense opportunity to (re)design cities in ways that improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. We need to implement standard ways of tracking urban built environment determinants of health, environmental equity, and people’s lived experiences of their neighbourhoods, develop accessible metrics and tools, and embed these into strategic urban planning processes to make the most of the opportunity ahead.
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in partnership with The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) has received funding to develop a set of digital tools. These tools will help public and environmental health professionals, urban planners, and the general public easily access, use and contribute to data on healthy urban environments.
CANUE has developed a prototype tool with the help of Foundry Spatial and graduate students Stephanie Fielding, Zahra Rajabi, Aaron Rambhajan, and Alexandra Scandolo in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information UXD program . GoodScore.City will be enhanced and expanded based on feedback from our Advisory Committee and through extensive user experience evaluations.