Contact(s)

Shade Matters Banner

Public Lands and Spaces 

If you have responsibility in planning, designing, building, or operating outdoor public spaces such as seating and spectator areas, streetscapes and transit stops, trails and active transportation connectors, parks, playgrounds, and skate parks- you play an important role in the enjoyment and health of our community by incorporating and maintaining shade.

If you are a non-profit organization that provides funding to outdoor projects, you play an important role as well. You can include a shade requirement (including a completed shade audit) in your grant applications.


How can shade be incorporated into outdoor public spaces?

Different types of shade work for different settings. Each site needs to be assessed for its own plan. Optimal shade may be in the form of a built structure, trees, or a combination of both. Therefore you will need a good understanding of the shade principles and a framework of policies, standards, and guidelines to give you the support you need to build shade into your public spaces.

Creating shade does not always require additional budget, but rather rethinking how you do it with your existing budget. A change in how you plan your public spaces can make a difference.

Use the following resources to start or enhance your own shade strategy.


Building the case for shade

Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: the Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario - Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and Ecojustice

A Healthy Dose of Green - Trees Ontario


Shade policy development

Shade Policy Fact Sheet - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Evergreen, and Canadian Cancer Society

Shade Policy Framework - SunSmart

Creating Shade at Public Facilities - Policy and Guidelines for Local Government Second Edition - Queensland Government

Municipal By-law Development and Public Health: A Primer - Public Health Ontario


Shade policy examples

City of Cambridge Official Plan

City of Kitchener Official Plan

City of Waterloo Official Plan

City of Cambridge Urban Forest Plan 2015-2034

City of Toronto Shade Guidelines

Partners in Action - A Shade Policy for the City of Toronto video


Assessing, planning, and installing shade

Shade Design Fact Sheet - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Evergreen, and Canadian Cancer Society

Shade Audit Information Guide + Tool. A Guide for Creating Shady Outdoor Spaces - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region and Region of Waterloo

Shade Tree List - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region and Region of Waterloo

Shade Guidelines - SunSmart Victoria

Under Cover: Guidelines for Shade Planning and Design - NSW Cancer Council and NSW Health Department

Shade: A Planning Guide - York Region

ANSI A300 Standards -Tree Care Industry


Funding grants

Region of Waterloo Community Environmental Fund

For more information, call 519-575-4400 or email the Public Health General Inquiries.

Back to home page

eSolutionsGroup