||A set of interrelated factors that influence people in choosing where they live and reinforce their sense of well-being.
The concept of livability is based on the knowledge that the economic and social life of the community is intimately linked to its natural and built environment, and together these elements impact social and cultural goals. Livability is the culmination of many components and experiences. All of these contribute to creating the highest quality of life that all citizens aspire to. Livability factors include:
- Welcoming place: Residents are active and engaged in urban life. People feel safe, connected and alive in a vibrant urban centre that values its people, places and activities.
- Public spaces: Public spaces are generous, magnetic, transformative and alive with activity.
- Diversity: Parks, recreation, arts and cultural events meet the rich diversity of citizens, the result of productive partnerships between residents and the city in creating projects and programs.
- Amenities: A clean and well-designed community that supports a range of lifestyle choice, includes open and green spaces, respect for historic elements and fosters a sense of pride in place.
- Economic prosperity: Sustainable economic employment and lifelong learning opportunities that build on the skills and contributions of its diverse local and global workforce.
- Access & Affordability: The ability of people of all incomes to have access to affordable housing, food, transit and core social services. The recognition as well that the affordability of amenities affects the overall competitiveness of the city in attracting and retaining residents.
- Safety: A sense of personal and community safety and overall social order.
- Caring: Communities that reach out to include all of their citizens in community life to help each individual have the optimum opportunity to reach their potential.
- Community capacity: Needs of low income, vulnerable, and at-risk residents are met by building individual and community capacity so that all residents are better able to address current and future issues and chart their own future course.
- Environment: An environment that is sustainable for current and future generations through responsible social, fiscal and environmental practices. Clean air and water, access to local food supply and the healthy co-existence of natural and
- Participation: Political and democratic processes that provide for public participation in the decisions that affect residents and ongoing transparency of local government.