TAC Sustainable Urban Transportation Award

This award recognizes a TAC member organization for contributions and innovative approaches to the development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation.

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Application and Evaluation

TAC member organizations must submit an abstract by November 30 to be considered for the following year’s award. Short-listed finalists will be invited to submit a detailed application (maximum 7 pages of text, plus photos and diagrams) by January 31.

Members of TAC's Sustainable Transportation Committee will evaluate applications using the following criteria:

  • Development and enhancement of sustainable urban transportation (18 points) – Projects that enhance the sustainability of urban transportation through social, economic, and environmental components. Evaluators will use the Centre for Sustainable Transportation's definition of a sustainable transportation system.

Social - Allows the basic access needs of individuals and societies to be met safely and in a manner consistent with human and ecosystem health, and with equity within and between generations.

Economic - Affordable, operates efficiently, offers choice of transport mode, and supports a vibrant economy.

Environmental - Limits emissions and waste within the planet's ability to absorb them, minimizes consumption of non-renewable resources, limits consumption of renewable resources to the sustainable yield level, reuses and recycles its components, and minimizes the use of land and the production of noise.

  • Degree of innovation (18 points) – Innovation should be viewed through a "cross-Canada" lens, and related to technical, process (e.g. performance monitoring, consultation) and financial components.
  • Transferability to other Canadian communities and organizations (18 points) – Applications should clearly describe how the project or initiative is applicable and/or transferable to other Canadian communities and organizations.
  • Added value (6 points) – Activities meriting added value could include communication and promotional activities, as well as partnerships created or supported by the project.

Key Dates

  • November 30 – Deadline for abstracts to be considered for next year’s award
  • December 15 – Finalists selected and notified
  • January 31 – Deadline for detailed applications
  • May 1 – Winner announced
  • Fall – Award presented at TAC Conference


  • Finalists are expected to present their projects in a technical session at TAC’s annual Conference & Exhibition; presentations will be included in the Conference Papers section of TAC’s website.
  • Detailed applications become the property of TAC, which may publish and/or distribute them.
  • Costs related to TAC Conference attendance are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Submission of an abstract implies that approval from employer(s) and/or client(s) has been received; applications submitted without approval will be deemed non-compliant.

Previous Recipients

2020 City of Nanaimo, British Columbia
Nanaimo Goes Dutch


City of Ottawa
Chapman Mills Drive Transit Priority and Active Transportation Corridor

2018 Ville de Montréal
Redeveloping the Bonaventure Highway as an Urban Boulevard

City of Calgary
20th Avenue Street Lab Party


City of Hamilton
Hamilton Bike Share Program


City of Vancouver
Seaside Greenway Completion Project: Burrard Bridge to Jericho Beach


City of Edmonton
LEGO Videos for Educating Road Users about Bicycle Infrastructure


Metrolinx, City of Hamilton, Region of Peel, Green Communities Canada, University of Toronto
The Stepping It Up Project

2012 City of Kelowna
20-year Servicing Plan, 2030 Active Transportation Program

Corporation of the Town of Milton
Mobility Milton 2010: A Marketing Program to Encourage Transit Use in Milton


Ville de Montréal
BIXI Bike-sharing Program and New Bicycle Lanes


Ville de Québec
Ecolobus Service in Old Québec


City of Welland
City of Welland and Welland Hydro LED Streetlight Conversion Program

Regional Municipality of York
Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan Study

2006 Towns of Richmond Hill and Markham
Smart Commute 404-7 Program: Reducing Traffic Congestion is Just Good Business
2005 Regional Municipality of York
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation's Viva Fast Forward to a Sustainable Future
2004 IBI Group and Region of Durham
Promoting Sustainable Transportation Through Site Design: A Proposed Recommended Practice
2003 Regional Municipality of Waterloo
"You Can Clear the Air" Grade Three Curriculum Supplement
2002 City of Calgary
Transportation Solutions Group

Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Whistler Way! Rideshare Program

Regional Municipality of York
Transportation Master Plan

2000 Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority
TransLink Strategic Transportation Plan 2000-2005