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Sustainable Mobility
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Issues

Sustainable mobility is a crucial part of the global effort to address climate change and build more resilient urban spaces. The transportation sector makes up one fifth of all global greenhouse emissions, and as the world continues to urbanize, finding equitable and sustainable transportation solutions is crucial.

Transportation makes up a quarter of Canada’s carbon emissions and more than 80 percent of the population now live in urban areas, so it’s more important than ever to find efficient ways to reduce emissions while providing residents with effective transportation options. 

Solutions

Sustainable mobility encompasses many different practices and technologies, including cycling infrastructure, public transportation, electric vehicles, car-sharing, and urban planning. Decarbonization in the context of transportation means things like reducing the car-dependence of cities by developing mixed-use communities, developing public transport infrastructure, and promoting electrification for the cars that remain. Transit-oriented development and active transit are important strategies which help reduce urban sprawl, cut emissions, and improve quality of life for residents. Electric vehicles (EVs) are also an important solution, with over 10 million vehicles sold in 2022, up from 2 million in 2016. These trends are on track to avert the need for over 5 million barrels of oil per day by 2030. 

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Policies and Organizations
Organizations

Sustainable mobility initiatives have gained momentum as countries around the world strive to promote sustainable and efficient transportation alternatives. In Canada, the development of EV infrastructure is expanding rapidly, as are tax incentives to increase affordability and reduce the sales of gas-powered vehicles. 

Municipalities and governments are recognizing the importance of investing in infrastructure like bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly urban planning, and programs to reduce car-dependence within cities. These collaborations between governments, businesses, and communities are paving the way to a greener and more accessible transportation landscape in the country. 

  • Electric Mobility Canada – A national association promoting the adoption and advancement of electric mobility solutions and technologies across Canada.
  • Electric Autonomy Canada – An organization focused on advancing electric and autonomous vehicle technologies and advocating for sustainable transportation solutions in Canada.
  • Canadian Urban Institute – A non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable urban development through research, education, and collaboration with communities and policymakers.
  • Congress for New Urbanism – A national organization advocating for the design and development of walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods that promote sustainability, social equity, and a sense of community.
  • The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) – A non-profit organization in Canada working to advance policies and practices that support active transportation, such as walking and cycling, for healthier and more sustainable cities.
  • Urbanarium – A Vancouver-based organization promoting public understanding and engagement in urban issues through exhibits, events, and educational programs.
  • Transport Action Canada – A national transportation advocacy group working to improve and promote sustainable, accessible, and efficient transportation options across the country.
  • Active Neighbourhoods Canada – A collaborative initiative focused on transforming neighborhoods into more walkable, bike-friendly, and inclusive spaces through community-led projects and initiatives.
  • Inclusive Cities Canada – An organization committed to advancing inclusive urban development and design practices that consider the needs and perspectives of diverse communities.
  • Strong Towns – A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of financially resilient and sustainable cities through community engagement, education, and advocacy
Existing policies
Key Policies
  • Canada’s Action Plan for Clean On-Road Transportation – A government initiative outlining strategies and investments to transition the country's on-road transportation sector to cleaner and more sustainable technologies.
  • Clean fuel regulations – Policy measures aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of fuels in Canada, encouraging the use of cleaner alternatives to mitigate environmental impact.
  • ZEV mandates – Regulations requiring a certain percentage of new vehicles sold to be zero-emission vehicles, promoting the adoption of electric and other low-emission vehicles.
  • Permanent public transit fund – A sustained financial commitment by the government to support public transit infrastructure and services, promoting efficient and sustainable urban transportation.
  • Zero emission transit fund – A targeted funding program aimed at accelerating the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and technologies in public transit systems across Canada.
  • Active transportation fund – A funding initiative to support the development and enhancement of infrastructure for active transportation modes such as walking and cycling, contributing to more sustainable and healthier urban mobility.
New policy initiatives
Peitions

Volunteer Positions

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Name of Company
Open Positions
Location
Website
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Toronto
Future Ground Network

Multiple

Nationwide
The Centre for Active Transportation

Multiple

Nationwide
City of Toronto

Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions Program

Toronto
Transport Action Canada

No known openings

Nationwide
Translink

Community Transit Volunteer Program

Vancouver
Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST)

Multiple

Vancouver
Live Green Toronto

General Volunteer

Toronto
Équiterre

No known openings

Nationwide
Village Vancouver Transition Society

Multiple

Vancouver

Job Board

Disclaimer: Certain organizations on this list don't have sustainability as their core purpose, but they have been included because they have strong commitments and recognition for their efforts. For these organizations, only open positions directly contributing to sustainability initiatives or departments will be listed.

Organization
Open Positions
Type of Organization
Location ↓
Remote
Website
Réseau Environnement

No known openings

Civil Society
Quebec
Unknown
Link
Halifax Regional Municipality
Public Sector
Nova Scotia
Hyrbid
Link
Cleo (by HydroQuébec)
Private Sector
Quebec
Unknown
Link
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Leveraging LinkedIn
  • Explore Green Career Centre’s LinkedIn Maximization Guide
  • Read through Green Career Centre’s LinkedIn Sustainability Influencers to Follow articles from 2022 and 2023.  
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Job Search Resources
  • This report provides a helpful toolkit, case studies, and tips for BIPOC/BAME youth to develop self-knowledge, prepare for job hunting, increase their competence, build sustainability experience, and nurture well-being.
  • Visit Green Career Centre’s Job Application Tracker to manage your applications, update progress, and interview prep. 
  • Check out GoodWork's Job Search Tips & Resources for proactive strategies to find and land the right opportunity.
  • Many job search experts agree that most jobs belong to the hidden job market. To learn about navigating this, read Hidden Sustainability Jobs and Tapping the Hidden Job Market.