School Travel Planning Research in Canada:

Best practices

In 2006, Green Communities Canada published a Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices. This research was funded by Transport Canada's Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST) initiative. In March 2010, Green Communities Canada updated the document with funding from Metrolinx and Transport Canada's ecoMOBILITY program Update

STP Pilot project

Green Communities Canada’s International Best Practices document informed the Canadian School Travel Planning pilot test, which itself was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The pilot test established best practices in Canada and set the foundation for current projects across the nation – refer to the Canadian School Travel Planning Pilot Test Final Report.


A recent study from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area reports 34% of children are driven to school; similarly increased school traffic across Canada causes chaos and slowed driving times for cars and dangerous situations for children who use active school travel.

Children’s Mobility, Health and Happiness: School Travel Planning

Results from Canadian schools participating in the 27 month national project entitled “Children’s Mobility, Health and Happiness: A Canadian School Travel Planning Model” funded through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s CLASP (Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention) initiative and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

This project has expanded School Travel Planning across Canada, amplified work with the University of Toronto on links between School Travel Planning and the built environment, and introduced and applied Cape Breton University’s ground-breaking research into the links between active transportation, sustainable happiness, education and health.

Download the Executive Summary

Final report video - please click on 'download' for the clearest resolution. Sound is included so do check speakers before this is played.