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Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation networks are the foundation that supports regional and national competitiveness. They are a key factor in the success of labour markets, facilitating the flow of goods and allowing businesses to operate more efficiently and effectively. These networks also serve an important societal function—connecting people with jobs, services, and other amenities required in everyday life.

The Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure (CTI) is an independent forum and research centre that explores the social, environmental, and economic aspects of transport. It aims to be a voice for transportation policy in Canada, with a view to transforming the way we move people and goods.

The development, operation, and sustainability of transportation networks are continually being challenged. While multiple levels of government are investing in infrastructure, there continue to be debates around the definition, measurement of, and appropriate response to Canadas “infrastructure gap”. Transportation networks have come under increased scrutiny for their contribution to greenhouse gases (GHGs) and climate change; the resulting rise in the number of extreme weather events is testing the resilience of this infrastructure. Disruptive innovations, such as autonomous vehicles, are poised to drastically change car ownership, access, and use. Traffic congestion continually threatens our economic prosperity and tries our patience. This backdrop has become the “new normal” in which planners, policy-makers, and business leaders operate. And as consumers and users of transportation services, the Canadian public is similarly affected.

The Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure brings an interdisciplinary and intermodal perspective to transport issues that affect us all, whether we are members of the business community, policy-makers, or the Canadian public at large. Inspired by approaches and policy measures in other countries, the CTI focuses its research, analysis, and network development
on the Canadian context. 

Key Objectives

  • To develop independent, evidence-based research and provide a foundation for informed decisionmaking about critical transportation issues and how they impact Canadians.
  • To understand the social, environmental, and economic impacts of transportation as they relate to the movement of goods and people, by taking an interdisciplinary and multimodal approach.
  • To provide a forum for candid dialogue on transport issues with business, government, and academic representatives.