Transport Canada has released its 2001-2003 Sustainable Development Strategy, which was presented to Parliament on February 14, 2001, along with the strategies of 27 other federal departments and agencies. It outlines 29 new commitments to ensure that Canada has a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system for the future.
“The strategy addresses a number of priority areas that will have the greatest impact on advancing sustainable transportation. Our first strategy provided a sound foundation, and we can now move ahead by building on our successes. We are well on the way to a more sustainable transportation system for all Canadians,” said Mr. Collenette. The strategy’s 29 commitments include concrete targets and performance indicators for measuring success. New initiatives focus on air and water pollution problems, urban transportation, advanced technology vehicles, climate change, research and development in Intelligent Transportation Systems, sustainable transportation indicators, data improvement and modal integration.
These commitments will seek to address seven key challenges, including improving education and awareness of sustainable transportation, developing tools for better decisions, promoting the adoption of sustainable transportation technology, improving environmental management for Transport Canada operations and lands, reducing harmful air emissions and water pollution, and promoting efficient transportation. The new strategy builds on the accomplishments of Transport Canada’s first sustainable development strategy, tabled in 1997. These include important initiatives such as the Moving On Sustainable Transportation (MOST) Program, and the work of the Transportation Climate Change Table.