Canada's Ecofiscal Commission Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2015: Letter from the Chair

Climate and Energy Livable Cities Pollution

As an economist, I believe that good policy is central to prosperity. That was the idea behind Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. We would be economists first and foremost, providing sound policy advice on how strong economies and healthy environments are interdependent. It turned out that other people shared this belief. When funding from some of Canada’s […]

QEW HOT Lane Pilot Project

Outstanding questions on Ontario’s proposed QEW pilot project

Livable Cities

In our recent blog on Ontario’s coming HOT lane pilot project, we congratulated Ontario on moving forward on congestion pricing policy. However, a few specific issues with the proposed Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) pilot project remain. First, using a monthly permit approach can limit the effectiveness of policy and increase costs. It can also reduce […]

Ontario HOT lane pilot project - congestion pricing

Ontario’s Coming HOT Lane Pilot Project

Livable Cities

Late last year, Ontario announced the details of two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane projects as a means to improve traffic flow in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Province will start by implementing a HOT lane—a hybrid of a tolled road and a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane—as a pilot project on a busy stretch of […]

Congestion pricing - Montreal, Quebec

Getting traffic moving in Montreal

Livable Cities

On November 2nd, the Ecofiscal Commission launched its latest report We Can’t Get There from Here: Why Pricing Congestion is Critical to Beating It. The report explains how we can’t simply build our way out of congestion; we also need to consider incentives. The report’s central recommendation is that Canada’s four largest cities run congestion […]

Congestion pricing

Think before you toll

Livable Cities

On November 2nd, we released our congestion pricing report We Can’t Get There from Here: Why Pricing Congestion is Critical to Beating It. Guest blogger Jean-François Barsoum, Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation, Innovation, Research & Development at IBM, gives us his opinion on congestion charging. by Jean-François Barsoum Implementing congestion charging is […]