Strategic Opportunities for Integrating Health and Transportation – Project Launch

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A project to develop guidelines that identify gaps and provide recommendations to strengthen the integration between health and transportation has been launched by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

Transportation systems have traditionally been designed primarily for motorized vehicles and goods movement, though the paradigm has begun to shift towards health-promoting transportation systems and environments.  Health status can be improved when transportation systems facilitate public and active transportation, whereby physical activity would be safely integrated into daily life. This approach can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, while improving productivity and sustainability.

Recommended by the Transportation Planning and Research and the Sustainable Transportation standing committees under the guidance of the Urban Transportation Council, key tasks of this project will include:

  • Reviewing best practices regarding health implications associated with transportation, and
  • Developing recommendations/guidance to address identified gaps and strengthen the integration between health and transportation.

The project steering committee is being formed, with work set to begin early this summer. 

Funding partners for this project include Alberta Transportation; New Brunswick Transportation and Infrastructure; Ontario Ministry of Transportation; Region of Peel; Regional Municipality of Waterloo; Regional Municipality of York; Halifax Regional Municipality, and the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal and Ottawa.

If you would like to make a contribution to the project and join the work which will begin soon, email Craig Stackpole, Program Manager.