Healthy City Strategy

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The Healthy City Strategy is about making small changes in our city, and neighbourhoods, that work to promote healthier people and healthier places that support a healthier future for everyone.

What is the Healthy City Strategy?

The Healthy City Strategy is designed to bring 'health' to our decision-making and improve our ability to consider the health impact in everything we do. This follows what's called, a 'Population Health Approach'. Population Health is an approach that works to improve the health of everyone equally, while reducing the inequities (or differences) in health between groups of people (or neighbourhoods). The Healthy City Strategy will be our long-term (10-year) plan to improve the physical, mental, social and environmental conditions that impact people’s health.

How will we create a 'Healthy City Strategy'?

There is no one framework for a healthy city as each is based on what's already happening in the city, input from experts, and the concerns of residents. The Healthy City Strategy works to integrate:

  • Existing municipal plans, strategies, and initiatives
  • Best-practices from other jurisdictions and emerging evidence
  • Public engagement

This improves our ability to work across departments internally and engage with stakeholders and experts externally. It helps us find out what is important to residents, so that collectively we all put the health of people first.

Through our internal and external engagement to date, we have identified six 'pillars' of a healthy city and a series of healthy city 'assets'. To address some of the pillars and assets in the healthy city strategy, it requires a supportive role from all 3 levels of government (municipal, provincial, and federal). The City of St. John's with Eastern Health are committed to taking a leadership role to launch this project.


Learn More:

To learn more about the 'pillars' of the Healthy City Strategy, click on the links (below) that interest you:


Click on the Tools below to:


  • Get News and recent updates
  • Go to the Map to share what Healthy City Assets you would like to see in your neighbourhood.
  • Fill out the survey to provide your opinions on how we can support health and wellness in your neighbourhood.
  • Ask questions about the Healthy City Strategy.



The Healthy City Strategy is about making small changes in our city, and neighbourhoods, that work to promote healthier people and healthier places that support a healthier future for everyone.

What is the Healthy City Strategy?

The Healthy City Strategy is designed to bring 'health' to our decision-making and improve our ability to consider the health impact in everything we do. This follows what's called, a 'Population Health Approach'. Population Health is an approach that works to improve the health of everyone equally, while reducing the inequities (or differences) in health between groups of people (or neighbourhoods). The Healthy City Strategy will be our long-term (10-year) plan to improve the physical, mental, social and environmental conditions that impact people’s health.

How will we create a 'Healthy City Strategy'?

There is no one framework for a healthy city as each is based on what's already happening in the city, input from experts, and the concerns of residents. The Healthy City Strategy works to integrate:

  • Existing municipal plans, strategies, and initiatives
  • Best-practices from other jurisdictions and emerging evidence
  • Public engagement

This improves our ability to work across departments internally and engage with stakeholders and experts externally. It helps us find out what is important to residents, so that collectively we all put the health of people first.

Through our internal and external engagement to date, we have identified six 'pillars' of a healthy city and a series of healthy city 'assets'. To address some of the pillars and assets in the healthy city strategy, it requires a supportive role from all 3 levels of government (municipal, provincial, and federal). The City of St. John's with Eastern Health are committed to taking a leadership role to launch this project.


Learn More:

To learn more about the 'pillars' of the Healthy City Strategy, click on the links (below) that interest you:


Click on the Tools below to:


  • Get News and recent updates
  • Go to the Map to share what Healthy City Assets you would like to see in your neighbourhood.
  • Fill out the survey to provide your opinions on how we can support health and wellness in your neighbourhood.
  • Ask questions about the Healthy City Strategy.



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    The City of St. John's, along with Eastern Health, and other key stakeholders have a vision of a progressive, inclusive, and connected city with active, healthy citizens, living in affordable, accessible, complete neighbourhoods where citizens can move about freely, connect with the natural environment, and feel a sense of belonging. What changes in our systems and neighbourhoods do you feel would promote mental and physical health, strengthen capacity, and create a healthy future for all?

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