Safe and Healthy Community

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The Goal

Physical and mental health and safety from hazards such as fire, crime, and traffic.

Decrease the percentage of population with chronic illness  
2% decrease by 2020
(Interim baseline)
2011: Urban Yukoners with:
High blood pressure: 11%
COPD: 3.1%
Diabetes: 5.3%
Heart disease: 2%
Increase use of trails, pedestrian pathways, and commuter routes 
35% increase by 2020
Decrease number of traffic collisions 10% decrease by 2020 Collisions within Whitehorse increased to 501 in 2017 from 456 in 2014.
Decrease graffiti and vandalism staff costs 5% decrease by 2020  2014 staff costs for graffiti and vandalism: $8507.79
Number of fire department callouts per capita decreases 5% decrease by 2020  There were 613 callouts in 2017 with no clear trend over the previous 4 years.



Safety and security is a basic need and an important determinant of quality of life. Perceived and actual sense of security is important for individuals to function and for communities to be healthy. Pedestrians, cyclists and transit users are more likely to use cars if they don’t feel safe.


Varied: high influence over traffic and road design, recreation, and fire protection. Medium influence over crime, personal safety, social services.


Good. Whitehorse has abundant recreation programs and outdoor recreation opportunities. There is a framework of paths separated from roads, which are undergoing incremental improvement. Quality fire protection services are in place.