Association pour la santé publique du Québec


The school zone and nutrition: a Guide for the municipal sector

In order to better understand how municipalities can intervene to improve our youth’s food environment, the Quebec Public Health Association (ASPQ), in partnership with the Health Network for Quebec’s Cities, Towns and Villages (RQVVS) and the Quebec Coalition on Weight-Related Problems (Coalition Poids), conducted action research in three municipalities between 2009 and 2011. The municipalities of Baie-Saint-Paul, Gatineau, and
Lavaltrie contributed to the development of the process, while identifying its obstacles and the conditions required for its success. The lessons drawn from this experience have made possible the preparation of this guide, reviewing legal and urbanistic considerations, as well as the essential steps for the realization of a project of this nature.

This guide is intended for all who are concerned about the health of children. It presents, in a succinct fashion, a few possible courses of action for municipalities wishing to improve the food environment of children by limiting the presence of fast-food restaurants near schools, with the objective of promoting public health and well-being through sound land-use planning and an appropriate spatial distribution of commercial uses. This guide has an environmental and urbanistic vocation.


To download the Guide :

The School Zone and Nutrition: Courses of Action for the Municipal Sector


To download the Poster :

Urban planning by-laws can be used to limit the establishment of fast-food restaurants near schools!