Issues

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Moving Canadians through a Congestion-Free Commute

 

Some 15.4 million people commute to work in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, almost 70% of these commuters leave for work between 6 and 9 a.m. which creates congested roads in employment areas and affects the quality of life for millions of Canadians.

Transit tackles congestion by efficiently moving large amounts of people through cities with limited road space. When people share a vehicle to travel, it is a form of sustainable mobility that allows our cities and populations to grow by maximizing the efficiency of our existing transportation infrastructure.

Moving Canadians Towards a Stronger Economy

 

Every day, Canadians waste time and money caught in traffic. At the same time, people looking for work find their opportunities limited by the lack of mobility within their own city.

For transit systems to support economic opportunities, governments need to invest in Canadian urban mobility. The expansion, maintenance and operations of transit systems is not free, it takes long-term, dedicated and flexible investments from all levels of government. The status quo of infrastructure investment by the federal government needs to emphasize rapid implementation of new projects.

Moving Towards a Greener Future

 

Improving public transit improves the environment.

To meet Canada’s commitments under the United Nations’ Paris Climate Accord, provincial and territorial governments across the country will need to find new ways to reduce GHGs. Transit plays a major role in reducing air pollution from cars. This decrease in air pollution leads to reduced rates of respiratory illness and a reduction of annual public healthcare expenditures of $137 million in Canada.

If you’re one of the 8 out of 10 Canadians who recognize the need for greener transit and want to see the government invest more in green transit, then please support our campaign.

Moving Canadians into More Equitable Communities

 

Living in a car-dependant community with poor transit service can be costly for low-income Canadians. Car ownership significantly drives up the cost of living. For low-income Canadians, transit provides value as an affordable alternative to owning a car.

Maintaining accessible, affordable and sustainable transit systems is important because the mobility services that they provide create spin-off community benefits that reverberate across the country. Improving transit service requires sustained and direct financial support for ground-level transit operations, including the lifecycle costs of infrastructure such as operator costs, fuel and maintenance.