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					  The Provincial Role in TDM:
     Ontario’s Perspective
                  Canadian TDM Summit 2008
                      October 20, 2008

                      Jennifer Edwards
   Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Urban Planning Office

Planning Branch
               The Provincial Role in TDM

    The state of TDM in Ontario

    What is the role of provinces in TDM?

    Planning Branch
      TDM at the Provincial
        Level in Ontario

Planning Branch
TDM in Ontario - Provincial Policy Linkages
     Key Ontario government objectives that support/complement TDM measures:
         Building strong and vital communities
         Making communities healthy places to live
         Promoting sustainable transportation and land use planning
         Supporting climate change initiatives
         Making transit a first priority

     Go Green: Ontario’s Action Plan on Climate Change

     Places to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe – Ministry of
      Energy and Infrastructure

     Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living – Ministry of Health Promotion

      Planning Branch
                      Current Ontario Initiatives
                       Complementary to TDM
    Transit planning and investment
        GO Transit
        Dedicated gas tax
        MoveOntario 2020

    Presto Card fare system

    HOV lane program

    Carpool lot program

    Transit Supportive Land Use Planning Guidelines

    Planning Branch
           Metrolinx and Smart Commute
    Metrolinx (formerly the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) was created
     by the Province of Ontario in 2006 to improve the coordination and integration of
     all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
    Metrolinx is currently finalizing its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
        RTP gives highest priority to TDM, active transportation, transit, and
         eliminating trips altogether
        RTP will implement MoveOntario 2020
    In 2008, the province also became the primary funder of Smart Commute, as
     the organization was absorbed into Metrolinx.
         Smart Commute was originally established with funding from Transport
          Canada’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program and member
         Smart Commute provides centralized coordination for nine TMAs, the
          Carpool Zone ridematching system, online Emergency Ride Home
          registration, media relations and promotional campaigns.
         The province has contributed an annual operating budget of $650,000 and
          support for the nine TMAs, up to $130,000 each.

    Planning Branch
Ontario TDM Municipal Grant Program
    The TDM Municipal Grant Program as established as a pilot project in 2008.

    The program is designed to assist Ontario municipalities in implementing TDM
     projects or planning, and to increase awareness by municipalities of the benefits
     of TDM.

    Eligible project categories:
         Promotion and education
         TDM plans
         Projects and tools
         Workshops and conferences

    $250,000 in funding is available in 2008-09; $500,000 is planned for 2009-10
        $50,000 maximum provincial contribution per project

    Recipients for the 2008-09 round of funding will be announced in November.

    Planning Branch
                  What Should the
                  Role of Provinces
                    Be in TDM?

Planning Branch
        Provinces Getting More Involved
          in TDM… the Time is Right
    Public interest in climate change and sustainability
    Gas prices
    Reduced government budgets
    Stakeholders and the public want us to do more

    Ontario provincial initiatives:
        Climate Change Secretariat
        Sustainable TransForum
            Ministry of Transportation’s Sustainable Transportation Policy Office

        Ministry of the Environment’s Community Go Green Fund

    Planning Branch
What Ontario Stakeholders Are Saying
Major messages from municipalities and NGOs regarding TDM in the province include:
   Stakeholders were very pleased to see that the province is interested in becoming more
    involved in TDM.

   Provincial strategy/vision and complementary policies are needed to support the
    implementation of TDM initiatives.

   TDM should be built into broader inter-ministerial policy development as there are
    complementary benefits to implementing TDM – air quality, greenhouse gas reductions,
    active transportation, mixed-use development, tourism and recreation, etc.

   The response to the idea of a potential funding program was generally positive. But there is
    a need for consistent, sustainable funding instead of piecemeal grants.

   NGOs are running TDM programs that the municipalities should be responsible for.

   The province should build TDM capacity through networking, workshops, engagement of
    senior management and elected officials, and development of municipal TDM plans.

   Leadership from the government is needed in order to back up a paradigm shift in travel

    Planning Branch
    Possible Roles of Provinces in TDM
•   Plan and coordinate TDM-supportive infrastructure and operations

•   Identify funding needs, gaps, opportunities, and partnerships

•   Develop province-wide promotion and education efforts

•   Promote linkages and coordination – federal, municipal, NGO

•   Conduct capacity-building activities

•   Show leadership as an employer

    Planning Branch
    Possible Roles of Provinces in TDM
•   Investigate legislative or regulatory barriers to implementing certain TDM

•   Implement tax-related incentives and disincentives

•   Require municipal TDM plans

•   Develop guidelines and tools for integrating TDM into land use and
    transportation planning, subdivision review, etc.

•   Require employee trip reduction plans/programs for large employers

•   Consider TDM in all provincial engineering projects and environmental studies

    Planning Branch

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