Neighbourhood Freight Forum in the DUKE Heights BIA

Does your business ship or receive goods? Do you think there are ways to improve trucking in the neighbourhood?

The Neighbourhood Freight Forum is a chance to get involved with improving shipping and deliveries in the DUKE Heights BIA and surrounding area. In the first meeting, we heard that congestion, parking, and managing different road users are top of mind for local businesses.

If you are a local business or stakeholder, write to us to find out how you can get involved, and visit this page to stay up to date on the project.

About the project

The Pembina Institute is partnering with the DUKE Heights Business Improvement Area (BIA) to launch the Neighbourhood Freight Forum, which will bring together businesses to find solutions that could help reduce gridlock, improve delivery reliability and reduce fuel use. These solutions could lead to cost savings for business, improved safety, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Located in the northwest corner of Toronto (bound by Steeles Avenue West, Dufferin Street, Sheppard Avenue West and Keele Street), the BIA represents over 2,500 businesses employing over 30,000 people in a wide range of manufacturing, retail/service, heavy industrial and office sectors.

Why freight?

At the Pembina Institute, we’re working to help improve freight efficiency and reduce emissions by testing freight solutions in the City of Toronto and beyond. Across Canada, on-road freight traffic is growing swiftly, fueled by a growing economy, population, and other trends. This means that trucks are increasingly competing for road space and finding it harder to make deliveries in urban areas.

However, there are a number of tested solutions to these issues. Some of the best practices are highlighted in our report Improving Urban Freight Efficiency: Global best practices in reducing emissions in goods movement. Solutions include convening stakeholder forums or testing off-hour or consolidated deliveries. The DUKE Heights BIA is a perfect area to start testing solutions because of its concentration of industrial, retail and manufacturing businesses and the BIA’s leadership. 

Upcoming events

Stay tuned for future events

Past events and meeting minutes

Neighbourhood Freight Forum Launch

Date: April 27, 2017

Time: 12 to 3 p.m. (EST)

Summary notes from NFF kick-off meeting on April 27, 2017

Neighbourhood Freight Forum #2

Date: October 18, 2017

Time: 8 to 10:30 a.m. (EST)

Summary notes from NFF #2 on October 18, 2017

Presentation from the Pembina Institute
Presentation from The Drop Distribution

* Members of the community discussing freight issues in the DUKE Heights BIA at the April 2017 NFF

Related blogs and publications

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

June 14, 2017 - By Bora Plumptre, Eli Angen, Dianne Zimmerman

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

Your friendly neighbourhood freight forum

April 20, 2017 - By Dianne Zimmerman

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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