The HIA was conducted by the Direction de santé publique (DSP – public health unit) of Montérégie, Québec. The project, comprising nearly 950 residential units, commercial spaces, a bus station, a park-and-ride lot and new streets, represents a major development for its insertion environment, the town of Sainte-Catherine, a typical Montréal suburb of about 19,000 residents. The analyses and recommendations focus on various aspects of the project that are likely to affect a number of health determinants. These aspects include the configuration of public roadways and other project elements that can encourage or discourage more widespread use of active modes of travel, such as walking and cycling.
The National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP) was represented on the scientific committee for the HIA and the Centre's publication of this report falls within the context of work on the second phase of the Healthy Canada by Design initiative, a Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) project.
The Healthy Canada by Design Initiative, with which the NCCHPP has been affiliated since 2009, is funded through the Health Canada - Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's Coalitions Linking Action to Science and Prevention (CLASP) program. To learn more about the Healthy Canada by Design (HCBD) CLASP Initiative, see the HCBD CLASP website.
For more information on HIA in Montérégie and to access their published reports (in French), please visit the HIA page of the DSP Montérégie website.