Commuters Using Sustainable Transportation in Census Metropolitan Areas (Census in Brief)

People use sustainable modes of transportation for various reasons, including cost, availability, the environment and convenience. Regardless of the reasons, using sustainable transportation has a number of documented benefits, such as less pollution, reduced traffic congestion, fewer accidents, better health (particularly as a result of walking or cycling) and reduced stress.

Sustainable transportation is not defined consistently. However, generally speaking, it refers to modes of transportation that have a smaller net impact on the environment or transportation infrastructure than cars and heavy trucks, or a near-zero net impact. Although sustainable transportation traditionally includes public transit and active transportation (i.e., walking and cycling), this article also includes carpooling. Carpooling (i.e., two or more people sharing a ride to work) is part of a broader definition of sustainable transportation. Despite the use of a private vehicle, it represents fewer cars on the road and a smaller per capita environmental impact than driving alone.

Most Canadians live and work in cities and surrounding areas with a population of 100,000 or more, known as census metropolitan areas (CMAs). In 2016, 73.5% of all commuters in Canada, or 11.7 million, were living in a CMA. This is an increase from the 70.5% of commuters, or 8.6 million, who lived in a CMA in 1996. In other words, urban Canada is increasingly becoming the place where Canadians are living and working. In turn, these areas are becoming busier, with more people and businesses, leading to greater traffic congestion and likely requiring more time to get to work on roadways. Since certain modes of sustainable transportation, most notably public transit, are most common in urban environments, this article will focus on the use of sustainable transportation for commuting in Canada’s CMAs.

Published By: Statistics Canada

Publication Date: November 2017

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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village - Building B, Auditorium
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting.

“Niagara EMS: Innovating to Better Address the Current & Future Needs in Niagara”

All are welcome, free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Jun
20
Wed
Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting @ Heartland Forest
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Family and Children’s Services (FACS) Niagara invites you to attend their 120th Annual General Meeting.

  • Reception and refreshments
  • Presentations and remarks
  • Youth bursary presentations
  • Staff recognition

Please RSVP by June 15th to maybeth.szilagyi@facsniagara.on.ca.

This event is hosted by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.

Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? @ Niagara College
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

At this event, Pat Spadafora (Kaleidoscope Consulting and Founder & Former Executive Director of Sheridan Centre for Elder Research) speaks on how Ageism can affect your bottom line.

How is ageism perpetuated through everyday language, images, jokes and advertising?
How do you challenge your own attitudes towards ageism and begin to shift perceptions?
How do we ensure age-friendly businesses become the norm in Niagara?

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Jun
21
Thu
Making School Zones Safer: Partnership-Based School Traffic Management @ Online
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Across the country, traffic and dangerous driver behaviours around schools are increasingly frequent as more and more students are driven to school compared to previous generations. At older schools, the situation is often made worse because those sites were never designed to accommodate car traffic in the first place, as they were designed at a time when a majority of children walked to school.

In the city of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board has partnered with Green Communities Canada to tackle this issue through a pilot project called the School Traffic Management Program, which closely follows the School Travel Planning model. The program’s launch in Fall 2017 aligned with the launch of the City of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy. Seizing this unique opportunity, stakeholders from both programs have been working closely with one another, bringing together staff from schools, police, public health and traffic operations. Through these collaborations, stakeholders in Toronto are building momentum and making gains toward school zone safety and active school travel unlike any the City has seen in recent history.

This webinar will explore how the School Traffic Management Program was established, describe some of the challenges of working collaboratively across departments, and give examples of some of the success stories of this work so far.

Presenter: Laura Zeglen, School Traffic Management Facilitator at Green Communities Canada

This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.

Community Support Services of Niagara 18th Annual General Meeting @ Club Roma
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm

Community Support Services of Niagara invites you to attend their 18th Annual General Meeting.

Doors open at 1:00pm. Light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome!

Please RSVP to Lisa Bosada, Administrative Assistant at lbosada@cssn.ca or by phone at 905-682-3800 ext. 31.

This event is hosted by Community Support Services of Niagara.

Jun
22
Fri
Quest CHC’s 9th Annual Barbeque @ Quest Community Health Centre
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Quest Community Health Centre invites you to their 9th Annual Barbeque.

Tour the Community Health Centre, talk to a Health Provider at the Health Check Table, meet the staff and board, enjoy a free lunch, enter to win a TV and other great prizes, play games, and enjoy live entertainment.

This event will be held on June 22nd, rain or shine. The Official Ceremony begins at 11:15am.

Please RSVP to rsvp@questchc.ca.

This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

Jun
24
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Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Be a part of something bigger – join Ride Don’t Hide on June 24th, 2018.

When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. Ride or walk in plain sight this year and help us raise funds to support immediate mental health services offered by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara.

This year’s event will support the Safe Beds program, a voluntary, non-medical facility that offers 24/7 crisis counselling and a safe therapeutic environment for individuals to stay on a short-term basis in order to work through their crisis.

This event is designed for participants of all ages, with a 5km low-intensity route located on Brock University’s campus, and more challenging 15km and 25km routes extending down Cataract Rd towards Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm.

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

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