Rapid Health Impact Assessment On Introducing Permanent High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes and High Occupancy Tolls Lanes In the Greater Toronto Area

The WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The holistic nature of this definition provides the basis for an all-encompassing evaluation of health, which is the guiding principle behind health impact assessment (HIA). An emerging area of public concern in Canada is the assessment of the potential impact that transportation infrastructure has on human health. HIA is ideally placed for such an assessment. This Mitacs project will be a Rapid HIA on a transportation policy to be potentially implemented in the Greater Toronto Area: the introduction of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Conducting this Rapid HIA will increase Intrinsik’s experience and visibility in the field of HIA, as well as increase and expand our client base.

Faiza Waheed
Faculty Supervisor: 
Donald Cole