Transportation | Pembina Institute

Approximately one-third of all energy consumed in Canada is used to transport people and goods. Our significant fuel use for transportation contributes to the impacts of oil extraction and production, and produces significant greenhouse gases as well as local and regional air pollution. Greening Canada's transportation sector is therefore a key part of a transition to a clean energy future.

The Pembina Institute’s work on advancing a sustainable transportation system is focused regionally:

  • In Ontario, where fuel consumption and greenhouse gases is highest.
  • In key provinces, like British Columbia, where greener electricity grids can play a role in decarbonizing transportation through electric vehicles.
  • In the Greater Toronto Area where congestion, sprawl and transit problems require policy solutions.
  • Nationally, on federal investment and vehicle emission standards and options for Canadian drivers.

Our work

See our recent transportation-related publications, and get Pembina Institute's perspective on the latest transportation news by reviewing our blogs and op-eds.

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Priced Out

Understanding the factors affecting home prices in the GTA

priced-out-cover.pngPublished Dec. 2, 2013

Royal Bank of Canada and the Pembina Institute’s Home Location Study released last year found that over 80 per cent of Greater Toronto Area residents would give up a large home and yard to live in a “location-efficient” neighbourhood that is transit-friendly, walkable and offers shorter commute times. However, more than 70 per cent of residents in the GTA live where they do because of affordability rather than preference.

Priced Out is a follow-up study researched and written by the Pembina Institute, co-published by RBC, that explores the factors contributing to rising home prices in the GTA, and how homebuyers are being “priced out” of location-efficient options.

Full report | Media release | Brief policy supplement


Behind the Wheel

Opportunities for Canadians to drive less, reduce pollution and save money

behind-the-wheel-cover.pngPublished Oct. 23, 2012

Transportation is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and personal vehicles contribute the majority of these emissions. This report examines opportunities that Canadians have to reduce these impacts, lightening their load on the environment and saving fuel costs. The choices you make can reduce your personal environmental impact while saving money at the pump.

Download the report | View the infographic


Live Where You Go

Encouraging location-efficient development in Ontario

live-where-you-go-cover.pngPublished July 19, 2012

Location-efficient homes — the opposite of urban sprawl — are a convenient distance from workplaces, amenities (such as stores and urban hubs) and/or rapid transit.

Residents in Ontario and elsewhere increasingly say they would give up a large house and yard and a long car commute in favour of location-efficient homes. 

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 — creating more affordable choices for homebuyers to live where they go, work and play.

Full report | Summary

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