Environmental Programs

The purpose of many Transport Canada programs and strategies is to protect the environment and to promote a more sustainable transportation system. 

Promoting a More Sustainable Transportation System

With specifically targeted programs, TC aims to promote a more sustainable transportation system. The current programs include:

Transport Canada's ecoTECHNOLOGY for Vehicles Program (eTV) conducts proactive in-depth safety, environmental and performance testing on a range of new and emerging advanced vehicle technologies for passenger cars and heavy-duty trucks.  Results are helping to inform the development of environmental and safety regulations, codes and standards to ensure that these technologies are introduced in Canada in a safe and timely manner.

Visit the website at www.tc.gc.ca/eTV

Transport Canada's Shore Power Technology for Ports (SPTP) Program provides cost-shared funding for the deployment of marine shore power technology at Canadian ports. Shore power allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel instead of using their auxiliary diesel engines when docked, therefore reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

Visit the website at www.tc.gc.ca/sptp


  • Transport Canada has tested the performance of low rolling resistance tire in winter, more details are available in the press release
  • The government of Canada has issued press releases announcing Shore Power Technology for Ports projects:

    Seaspan news release

    Port of Halifax news release
  • On January 25, 2012, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities announced the launch of the Shore Power Technology for Ports (SPTP) Program.

Protecting the Environment

Transport Canada protects the environment by making sure it complies with environmental laws such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. It also makes sure the department is in line with federal horizontal initiatives such as Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Work related to Protecting the Environment involves partnerships. Partnerships exist between Transport Canada's five regional offices, other groups within the department, other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments and international organizations.

Protecting the Environment involves three main pillars:

  • National Environmental Monitoring and Oversight: The National Environmental Monitoring and Oversight Program monitors all the facilities that are owned and operated by Transport Canada, as well as the facilities that are leased to third parties, to verify that they are being managed in an environmentally responsible manner. These monitoring activities are tracked through the NEMS

Over the years, Transport Canada has developed case studies, calculators, guides, videos and other useful tools and information to assist the freight industry and communities in contributing to a more sustainable transportation system in Canada. More information is available in the following links.

Freight Industry:

  • Air
  • Marine
  • Rail
  • Road
  • Shippers


  • Case Studies
    Some content from this page has been moved to Transport Canada's Data Portal. To access previous issues of the Case Studies, please go to the Data Portal's search page and search for 'Case Studies sustainable Transportation'.
  • Guides
    Some content from this page has been moved to Transport Canada's Data Portal. To access previous issues of the Guides, please go to the Data Portal's search page and search for 'Ecomobility Practitioners Guidelines'.
  • Reports
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