From an immigrant's perspective, many people think that having a car is a sign of economic prosperity. Once you've settled in Canada, get the descent job, the next step you have to strive for is to get a car—because taking the transit system is part of a negative experience adjusting to Canada. Convincing people that walkability is a good thing to integrate into your life, having a positive experience for people arriving to Canada is really important.
I immigrated here 11 years ago. I take transit most of the time, for coming to work. I live in Rio Terrace, a mature neighbourhood. Purchasing our house, being close to transit was a very big consideration. I hop on the Number 4, go to the LRT station and come over here and get off at Central Station. That's my daily commute.
Being able to walk to a lot of places to get some of your errands done is super important.
There's a Filipino convenience store just a 15-minute walk away, so if I'm craving for certain snacks, it's really easy to go to.