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This report identifies five ways to make mid-rise, mixed-use development more economically viable and affordable for famillies in the Greater Toronto Area.
What happens when location-related costs are added to the “sticker price” of a home? This report approaches that question through the eyes of four Toronto-area homebuyers, who have been used as case studies.
This report by the Pembina Institute and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) examines homebuyers’ preferences for home location attributes in the Greater Toronto Area. It presents the findings of a survey conducted by Environics Research Group in May 2014.
A report comparing rapid transit in five of Canada’s largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa.
This backgrounder details the results of a polling analysis of British Columbians’ opinions on commitments B.C. has made under the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy.
Who’s ready to fight traffic with transit? An analysis of GTHA transit investment platforms from Ontario’s political parties
Reducing traffic and building more rapid transit are top priorities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This is an updated analysis of the positions taken by Ontario's four major political parties with regards to expanding rapid transit.
This infographic summarizes the benefits of investing in transit for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Greening the Goods presents policy options and innovative ideas to improve goods movement in Toronto, cutting costs and emissions and reducing congestion.
Who's on track for rapid transit? An interim analysis of GTHA transit plans from Ontario’s major political parties
Reducing traffic and building more rapid transit are top priorities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This is a preliminary analysis of the positions taken by the three parties in Ontario’s legislature with regards to expanding rapid transit.
Priced Out explores the factors contributing to rising home prices in the Greater Toronto Area, and how homebuyers are being “priced out” of location-efficient options.
Housing prices have been rising in the Greater Toronto Area in large part because of the limited supply of single-family homes in desirable, established neighbourhoods. This policy supplement presents eight policy solutions to encourage family-friendly housing options in these neighbourhoods.
Clean Air Benefits from Electric Vehicles Potential impacts of additional electric vehicles in City of Campbell River, the Peace River Region and City of Richmond
This report examines how electric vehicles in British Columbia can provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants, due to the province’s clean electricity.
With the quickly approaching expiry of the electric vehicle programs in British Columbia, we, representatives from business, industry, NGOs and municipalities, are requesting the extension of the consumer incentives under the Clean Energy for Vehicles (CEV) program – specifically, the vehicle purchase incentive and the residential charging rebate.
This report examines opportunities that Canadians have to reduce the impacts of their driving habits, thus lightening their load on the environment and saving fuel costs.
Behind the Wheel Infographic Opportunities for Canadians to drive less, reduce pollution and save money
This infographic examines opportunities that Canadians have to reduce the impacts of their driving habits, thus lightening their load on the environment and saving fuel costs.
Interviews with municipalities to explore the factors for success in planning and installing EV charging stations and the challenges that remain.
Live Where You Go identifies five policy tools that could be put in place now to encourage more location-efficient development in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
A companion to the Live Where You Go report, this case study compares housing and transportation costs in seven different locations across the GTA.
The RBC-Pembina Home Location Study examines preferences for housing attributes for residents in the Greater Toronto Area.
An infographic depicting the results of a RBC-Pembina Institute study designed to examine preferences for home location attributes in the GTA.
Drivers’ Choice Options to manage gridlock and fund rapid transit in the GTA: Public opinion survey and policy options
This report investigates a variety of policy options designed to reduce the growing rate of congestion in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and/or to help finance construction of rapid transit in the region. It presents a poll of drivers in the GTA, and explores in-depth some of the policy options offered in the survey.
Survey results suggest that drivers in the Greater Toronto Area would be interested in taking rapid transit if it were available to them, and favour LRT and subway equally.
The very clear distinctions between the GHG intensities of 'natural bitumen' (from oilsands) and most conventional crudes supports the EU fuel-quality directive proposal to assign a higher emissions value to natural bitumen.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through transportation fuel policy The European Union’s proposed fuel-quality directive and implications for Canadian oilsands producers
This backgrounder explains the details of a proposed European Union fuel-quality directive and outlines the potential implications for Canada’s oilsands sector and overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels.
An analysis of proposed transit plans in Toronto in February 2012.
The Pembina Institute's detailed platform analysis compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.
The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems.
This in-depth study, prepared by the Pembina Institute and the David Suzuki Foundation, explores the significance, benefits and impacts of the recent surge in natural gas production in North America, particularly in light of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.
Election 2011 survey on the environment Where do the main political parties stand on environmental issues?
A group of Canadian environmental organizations asked the five main federal political parties to respond to 10 questions on key environmental issues. This document presents the verbatim responses from the four parties that responded — the Liberal Party, the NDP, the Bloc Québecois and the Green Party.
This document outlines the core elements of a strong climate change and energy electoral platform. Throughout the federal campaign, the Pembina Institute will be assessing parties' climate change and energy commitments using the criteria outlined in this document, which are drawn from our research and analysis on these topics.
Mayor Ford and the Province of Ontario have agreed on a new transit plan for Toronto, combining a revision of the provincially-funded light rail transit plan with a privately-financed Sheppard subway. This is the Pembina Institute's analysis of this proposed plan and our recommendations to improve the plan.
This research report, commissioned by the City of Calgary, identifies and assesses potential options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Calgary.
Putting Transportation on Track in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area A survey of road and rail emissions comparisons
This report compares air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road and rail transportation, and applies those findings to Toronto's transit options. The report confirms that smog in the GTHA could be reduced significantly by moving car commuters to rail, such as LRT and subway, and freight trucks to freight trains.
Making Tracks to Torontonians examines the costs and benefits of the subway extension proposed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in December 2010, compared to the light rail transit plan that is already underway.
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