Main Objectives

Who are we?

A 5 years partnership

Transportation barriers limit many Canadians’ ability to get to work, access healthcare, use public services, and participate in public life.

These limitations harm individuals’ health, wellbeing, and ability to thrive. Transportation barriers will worsen social inequalities as population growth, gentrification, and unaffordability continue to push less affluent residents to the peripheries of cities, where governments have found it difficult to provide effective public transit, walking, and bicycling infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified these problems, with disparate impacts of the disease reinforcing many prevailing urban inequalities.

Mobilizing Justice is a multi-sector research partnership committed to solving transportation inequities in Canadian cities. We are an unprecedented coalition that includes 33 academics from 6 Canadian provinces and 3 countries, 14 government agencies, 7 transportation companies, and 7 non-profit organizations.  All of our partners are steadfastly committed to delivering equitable transportation systems. 

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We will achieve our primary goal of advancing transport equity by producing:

What we are doing?

Research Activities

A1: National Survey

Conduct Canada’s first national survey on transportation equity.

National Survey

A2: Data Driven Standards

Create guidelines for transportation planning using state-of-the-art data and analysis tools.

Data Driven Equity Standards

A3: Pilots & Policies

Fund 8 equity evaluations of new transportation technologies or innovative policies that are being piloted in the real world.

Pilots and Experimentation

Cross-Cutting Themes

T1: Prioritizing Populations

Focus on the needs and aspirations of people historically underserved by the transportation system.

Prioritizing Populations

T2: Transportation Modes

Document transportation modes barriers, and how people adapt to overcome them.

Transportation Modes

T3: Equitable Planning

Use collaborative research methods to understand how the activities of community groups, planners, and decision-makers can better support equitable planning processes.

Equitable Planning