Better information, better decisions: Government of Canada launches new studies on mobility and public transit
“Public transit allows Canadians to get where they need to go quickly, cheaply and efficiently. Now with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding the changing transit needs of Canadian commuters is more important than ever. This project with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will give municipal leaders across Canada new information and tools so they can make smart decisions about public transportation infrastructure that will meet the needs of their communities today and well into the future."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council is very pleased to partner with Infrastructure Canada on this special initiative. The knowledge synthesis projects will leverage Canada’s capital in social sciences and humanities research to address changing transit needs and services. The resulting information in areas such as the impacts of COVID-19 and pressing transit, land use, urban planning, and public health and safety questions will help transit users, planning authorities and communities throughout Canada.”
Dr. Ted Hewitt, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Through the $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is renewing the country’s public-transit infrastructure; green infrastructure, such as water systems and renewable energy systems; social infrastructure, such as community, cultural or recreation centres; trade and transportation infrastructure; and public infrastructure in rural and northern communities.
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences.
A call for proposals is now open to researchers and applications are due by December 17, 2020.
Knowledge Synthesis Grants take an interdisciplinary approach to synthesize research on major societal challenges, such as mobility and public transit, and foster a deeper understanding of the issue at hand.
To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
- Knowledge Synthesis Grants
- Call for proposals - Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Mobility and Public Transit
- The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
- Investing in COVID-19 Community Resilience
- To learn more about federal infrastructure investments since 2016, please visit our project map
- Infrastructure Canada Research and Data
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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