Transport Canada supports projects to prepare Canada for connected and automated vehicles

News release

City of Saskatoon receives funding for research on connected and automated vehicles

May 29, 2018    Saskatoon    Transport Canada         

Connected and automated vehicles will bring about significant transformation in our transportation system, our communities, and our economy. They have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase mobility, protect the environment, and generate new economic opportunities for middle-class Canadians.

The Government of Canada welcomes innovation that will help to create Canada’s transportation system of tomorrow. That is why Transport Canada is providing $2.9M in funding under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System in order to help Canadian jurisdictions prepare for connected and automated vehicles.

In particular, Transport Canada funding will support research, studies, and technology demonstrations across Canada. Results will help address technical, policy and regulatory issues related to connected and automated vehicles. Findings will be shared extensively to encourage further innovation across Canada.     

In support of this program, the Honourable of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced $25K in funding to the City of Saskatoon for their project to support capacity building on connected and automated vehicles.


“Connected and automated vehicle technology has immense potential and will have a tremendous impact on our transportation system. This funding will help our stakeholders improve their understanding of connected and automated vehicle technologies, and how to safely and securely integrate them into our road system in order to capture their many benefits.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Creating a connected community is an essential foundation for a strong, resilient city that is prepared for the challenges of the modern world. Technology is changing transportation in dramatic and challenging ways, and cities across the world are at the forefront of navigating these changes. We are appreciative of the support of the federal government as we seek out the best ways of ensuring our transportation system will serve us well into the future.”
Charlie Clark
Mayor of Saskatoon

Quick facts

  • From September 28, 2017, to November 30, 2017, provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous peoples, academia, and not-for-profit organizations were eligible to submit proposals for grants and contributions through the program. All projects will be completed by March 31, 2022.

  • Connected and automated vehicles use technology, such as on-board sensors, cameras, global positioning systems, and telecommunications to provide warnings and assist with driving.

  • Many of today’s vehicles already feature partial automation, including speed control, and braking and steering assist. Transport Canada has for many years been assessing some of the components of automated vehicles and continues to assess their benefit to the overall safety of Canadians.

  • Transport Canada is working with international governments through the United Nations to develop guidelines and regulatory requirements that facilitate innovation and aid in the safe deployment of automated features.

  • Transport Canada and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada are working in close collaboration and with other federal departments and provincial and territorial governments to develop a coherent national approach that will facilitate the safe introduction of these technologies on Canadian roads.

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Delphine Denis
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa

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