Neighbourhood Freight Forum

* Photo: Roberta Franchuk, Pembina Institute

Why freight?

Across Canada, urban populations are increasing. With these growing populations, we're seeing more and more manufacturing, commercial, office and industrial spaces coming to our neighbourhoods. This also means competing road space for passenger cars, freight trucks, cyclists and pedestrians. The freight sector is also seeing other challenges, including traffic congestion, lack of legal loading/unloading areas and limited on- and off-street parking.

However, there are a number of tested solutions to these issues, and the opportunity to identify and implement many more. Some of the best practices are highlighted in our report Improving Urban Freight Efficiency: Global best practices in reducing emissions in goods movement. Solutions and initiatives include convening stakeholder forums with governments and industry, improving safety around construction sites, or testing off-hour deliveries.

Neighbourhood Freight Forum in the DUKE Heights BIA

To help improve freight efficiency and reduce emissions in Canada, we're introducing these solutions to the City of Toronto and beyond. To start, we're piloting a piloting a Neighbourhood Freight Forum (NFF), in the DUKE Height Business Improvement Area (DHBIA) in the northwest corner of Toronto. The area has a high amount of industrial, retail and manufacturing businesses — there’s even a large fuel terminal. With the large amount of freight in the neighbourhood, it’s a perfect area to start identifying and testing solutions to make freight more efficient.

Together with the DUKE Heights BIA, we’re bringing together local businesses, government representatives and industry to discuss their concerns with goods movement, identify possible solutions and start to test them out in pilot projects. This is a long-term pilot, and we'll keep this space updated with our ongoing work on this project, and related goods movement work. 

Upcoming events

Neighbourhood Freight Forum #2

Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 8 to 10:30 a.m. (EST)

Past events

Neighbourhood Freight Forum

Date: April 27, 2017

Time: 12 to 3 p.m. (EST)

Summary notes from past meetings

NFF kick-off meeting on April 27, 2017

Related blogs and publications

The State of Freight Understanding greenhouse gas emissions from goods movement in Canada


Freight, or goods movement by truck, rail, ship or plane, is a too-often overlooked source of carbon emissions.

Improving Urban Freight Efficiency Global best practices in reducing emissions in goods movement

April 19, 2017 - By Dianne Zimmerman, Lindsay Wiginton

While there's no uniform approach to urban freight management, there are a growing number of emerging initiatives in response to these challenges.  


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